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Local theater group to present 'Richard III'

• Apr 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co., a Grand Haven-based touring troupe that takes plays to venues all over Michigan, is bringing one of its productions to the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for the first time.

This one-night-only performance will take place Saturday, April 27. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

“We are really excited to bring this show to the beautiful space in the museum, and we look forward to more performances there in the future,” Pigeon Creek Executive Director Katherine Mayberry said.

In recent seasons, the Pigeon Creek group has been making its way through Shakespeare's history plays, a project which culminates with the current production of the bard's “Richard III.” The play follows the title character as he plots and schemes his way to the throne of England, confiding his plans in the audience along the way.

The show has already played at Central Michigan University and at the Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids. Following the Grand Haven performance, the actors will take the production to the Jenison Center for the Arts on April 28.

“Richard III” is directed by Aili Huber, a guest director from Virginia who has previously directed several other productions for Pigeon Creek, most recently the 2018 season production of “Antony and Cleopatra.”

Like all of Pigeon Creek's productions, “Richard III” features a relatively small cast, with 10 actors taking on all of the play's roles. This means that some actors play multiple roles in a fast-paced production that keeps the audience engaged with the roller-coaster plot. The production also features live music and an audience-interactive atmosphere.

Frequent Pigeon Creek actor Scott Lange, who played the character of Richard in last season's production of “Henry VI,” continues as the title character in “Richard III,” following the character's full arc as he rises to power. The production also features actors Kathleen Bode, Ethan Engeseth, Amanda Grah, Kimi Griggs, Kat Hermes, Katherine Mayberry, Ashley Normand, Riley Van Ess, Scott Wright and Seraphina Zorn.

Tickets for the museum performance are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available online at www.pcshakespeare.com/onstage.

The museum is at 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven.

For any questions about the performance, call the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Co. at 616-850-016.

Pigeon Creek will also give a preview of the play at Loutit District Library in Grand Haven at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, during a celebration of Shakespeare's birthday. The library event will include performances of scenes from several of Shakespeare's plays and admission is free.

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