Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Sanford H. Calhoun High School On Tour Company in the Bellmore-Merrick High School District is kicking off its season with William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale.” Performances will be held Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31 (understudy performance), as well as Nov. 1-2 in the school’s auditorium. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the understudy performance, which will take place at 4 p.m.
Considered one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing romances, “The Winter’s Tale” seamlessly blends both tragic and comic elements with the epic and the intimate. This riveting play features some of Shakespeare’s most searing poetry and includes his most famous stage direction, “exit pursued by bear.” It depicts the thrilling exploration of the healing, redemptive power of time. As the play has many of the fantastic magical elements of a traditional fairytale, the setting and costumes for this production is that of a medieval-style storybook.
The cast includes Daniel Maldonado as King Leontes, Rebecca Peretz as Queen Hermione, Samantha Kamelhar as Paulina, Jonathan Leiner as King Polixenes, Will Rosenblum as Prince Florizell, Jamie Glickman as Perdita, Robert Gallo as Camillo, Adam Wilkes as Antigonus, Stephen Ponticello as Autolycus, Sean Heverin as the Old Shepherd and Zach Abrams as Clown, the Shepherd’s son.
The On Tour Company’s annual dinner theater will be held on Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. This year, the dinner theater will be a medieval banquet with authentic food, music, songs, dances and entertainment.
Tickets for “The Winter’s Tale” are $8 for students/senior citizens and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the door. Tickets for the dinner theater are $30 for students/senior citizens and $35 for adults. Call 516-992-1377 to reserve tickets for any of the events. More information can be found on the On Tour Company website at www.chsontourco.org.
This rest of this year’s season consists of Harold Rome’s “Pins and Needles,” Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” and “The Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman & the Tectonic Theatre Company.
The On Tour Company was founded in 1973 by James Drake and Dr. Dale Parkinson. The program, under the direction of Sal Salerno, has been performing since September 1985, and is considered one of the finest school drama programs on Long Island and in New York State. It was voted Best High School Theatre Program in the Northeast for 2012 by Stage Directions magazine.