It’s going to be a big year for fans of the Adirondack Shakespeare Company, which is entering its fifth season of presenting plays in the region.

April will feature the first upstate spring repertory season with two of William Shakespeare’s most recognizable plays, “Romeo & Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which will appear on various local stages through April 19.

Summer productions will include “Romeo & Juliet,” “As You Like It,” “All’s Well That Ends Well” and an original production for children, “Songs of the Iroquois.”

Autumn 2015 kicks off Adirondack Shakespeare’s new Hamlet Project, which will pair the play with “The Winter’s Tale.”

Getting started

The 12 actors who will perform in the spring show arrived in the area Monday and were rehearsing all week in anticipation of Friday’s opening presentation of “Romeo & Juliet” at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek.

“It’s a very quick week of rehearsals,” said Tara Bradway, the program’s artistic director. “It’s really exciting to watch it all come together.”

Adirondack Shakespeare presents a stripped-down version of the plays, concentrating not on sets and costuming, but rather on the scripts.

“We put the play front and center,” Bradway said. “We focus on the great acting and the great language.”

In each play, one of the actors serves as the “conductor.”

“It’s not as much a director role as you might think, but rather more like what the conductor of an orchestra would do,” Bradway said.

Doug Durlacher will be conducting “Romeo & Juliet” and will play Nick Bottom in “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Meghan Blakeman, who plays the nurse and acts in the ensemble in “Romeo & Juliet,” will conduct “Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Spring and autumn productions are available to tour local schools. For more information, call 803-4275.

You can read Bill Toscano’s blog at poststar.com/app/blogs or his updates on Twitter, @billtoscano_ps.


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