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Wimberley's EmilyAnn Theatre

August 4 - 16, 2003 at the EmilyAnn Theatre in Wimberley.

While most teenagers are sleeping late and lazing around the pool to beat the heat, dozens of young people in Wimberley are waking early and working late at the EmilyAnn Theatre. Each July, these industrious students give up what’s left of summer vacation to put on two full-length productions for Shakespeare Under the Stars.

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For two weeks in August, a cast of more than 50 kids ranging from eight to 18 will perform “The Tempest” and “Love’s Labours Lost” on alternating nights. The shows begin around 8:30 p.m., and run from August 4-16, except Sundays. “The Tempest,” a mystical fantasy, will run on odd-numbered nights. “Love’s Labours Lost” is a romantic comedy that will play on even-numbered nights.

For the 14th year, audience members will enjoy a program that is creating a buzz around the state and beyond. Even small children sprawled out on blankets in front of the stage enjoy the students’ energetic interpretations of the Bard’s classic plots and characters. For the sixth year, the shows will be staged at the EmilyAnn Theatre, a lovely landscaped hillside amphitheatre adjacent to Wimberley High School on FM 2325. 

Shakespeare Under the Stars is directed by the husband-wife team of J. Gary Wyatt and Lydia Miller-Wyatt, who founded the program in a school courtyard in 1990 with three performances of “Romeo and Juliet.” The Wyatts donate their time for six weeks each summer, offering students the rare opportunity to learn every aspect of theatre production. The students design and produce their costumes, design and construct sets, and run sound and lights. In addition to morning and evening rehearsals, the students take a “break” each afternoon to study other aspects of theatre with visiting college professors.

Although many of the participants are year-round theatre participants in Wimberley (competing in state UIL One-Act Play finals the past three years), every summer a handful of students from across the state come to participate. This year’s interns are from McAllen, Splendora, Lampasas and Canyon Lake. Award winning McAllen High School theatre director Mickey Pelletier will also participate as an acting coach.

Both plays this summer will be directed by a notable former Shakespeare Under the Stars participant, Mercury McCall, who thrilled audiences in years past with his portrayals of Othello and Petruchio, among others. McCall went on to impress the faculty of the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where he studied for three years. He is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin. 

One of the many remarkable aspects of this summer program is the trailer filled with student costumers intent on designing and implementing the 50 or more authentic period costumes. The students also perform all the technical aspects of the productions: lighting, sound, set and props.

For more information, call the EmilyAnn Theatre at (512) 847-6969 or visit the website.

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