Carousel Theatre’s Superb Shakespearean Rhapsody

Photo credit: Tim Matheson

Photo credit: Tim Matheson

I owe a huge thank you to Carousel Theatre for Young People for providing my children such a wonderful introduction to the complex works of William Shakespeare.  I’m positively giddy that, thanks to Shakespearean Rhapsody, my kids know three of the Bard’s plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo and Juliet; and The Tempest.

When we arrived at the Waterfront Theatre at Granville Island I didn’t know which plays were going to be part of Shakespearean Rhapsody. My husband looked at me with a marginally stricken look when he saw Romeo and Juliet was part of the production. He loves Shakespeare; he just wasn’t sure if Romeo & Juliet was the most appropriate Shakespearean play for our 4 & 6 year olds. He need not have feared! The Carousel Theatre company exists to expose kids aged 3+ years to live theatre. They know who their audience is and they respect the fact that kids can be easily scared.

Photo credit: Tim Matheson

Photo credit: Tim Matheson

The production was amazingly accomplished by only 4 actors, an unbelievable number of costume changes, and an astounding amount of rhyming text. The four actors deserved a standing ovation; they were positively fantastic! Part of me secretly hopes they collapsed in an exhausted heap at the end of the performance…no adult can possible have that amount of sustainable energy! I was awed!

Shakespearean Rhapsody is based on the clever book series “Shakespeare Can Be Fun” by Lois Burdett. Mike Stack, playwright, developed a fast-paced, witty, and accurate telling of the three Shakespearean plays. Kudos to Mr Stack for including such a large number of verbatim quotes from the three plays. “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name”. My kids heard that at 4 & 6. Yippee! (Yes, I’ll admit to being a former English Lit major, but still it is super cool when young kids get exposed to the masters in any subject).

Photo credit: Tim Matheson

Photo credit: Tim Matheson

The Carousel Theatre production of Shakespearean Rhapsody runs at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre until March 30th. There are a variety of matinee and evening performances. The show is one hour in length. You can purchase your tickets online.  “Get thee to the…theatre!”

Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.

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