Improvise, adapt, overcome. The mantra’s use on the battlefield is easily translated to front and center stage, especially during a pandemic. Savannah Stage Company and Artistic Director Jayme Trinti embrace the words of wisdom for the premiere of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” adapted by John Hardy.
On Saturday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m., tune into Facebook and YouTube LIVE for a free showing of the one-act adaptation.
To supplement a year of less-than-interactive schooling, Savannah Stage Company offers this live streamed event to include a virtual field trip. Teachers, students, parents, and Shakespeare fans are encouraged to delve into the study guide, project pages, and questions and answers from the artists. This 360-degree view engages audiences of all ages for a unique spin on an age-old classic.
In its ninth season, Savannah Stage Company is proud to debut a cast of talented teenagers. The brand-new Teen Company is graced by veterans and newcomers alike, with a captivating stage synergy. John Hardy’s adaptation lends a fresh perspective to a brutal telling of conspiracy and anarchy - a perfect role for a cast of teens in the throes of a worldwide pandemic. Heightened emotions of reality channel the tensions of the inner workings of a plot to overthrow authority’s rule.
The fresh-faced cast eloquently reenacts the final days of Caesar and the internal struggle of Brutus and his posse. Abigail D’Aguillo, Haidyn Arnett, Isa Lilja-Vazquez, Jada Banks, Nick Koderitz, and Jada Tyrell worked tirelessly throughout the season to perfect their performance. Filmed on stage at Savannah Repertory Theater’s PlaySHOP, the Julius Caesar adaptation is a welcome respite from current worldly tumult.
The teen cast is the highlight of the show, but not without help from the adult members of Savannah Stage Company. Director David McCall provides a fresh perspective for the cast while the impressive choreography and costume design is handled by Alexis Balaoing Ambrose. DeAnna Laree Craig lends her hand as the Hair and Make Up Designer. Wesley Pridgen adds modern relevance to the music composition, Ellen Barneycastle as Stage Manager provides the backdrop with help from Carpenter Colorado Brown and Props Master McKenna Lyons. Videographer and Editor John C. Arnold brings the local production to the world stage as the production is accessible to the world via streaming.
This production welcomes donations via Venmo at @savannahstageco, CashApp at $savannahstagecompany, and PayPal at @SavannahStageCompany. Savannah Stage Company’s goal is to raise $1000 from now until the curtain closes on the LIVE broadcast on Saturday, July 31.
For information, visit savannahtagecompany.com