“Shakespeare in Love” is based on the popular movie of the same name. Is it the same? Yes, and no, said Sydney Young, director of the play.
“Yes, in many places it is word-for-word,” she said. “No, because it is live; It is happening right in front of you.”
Snelling said she is proud that Paris Community Theatre landed the rights to such a huge play, full of music and mayhem.
“This play wouldn’t have been produced without the help and encouragement of all of the best theater professionals in the area,” she said. “But I know it is on our stage because of the big vision of our artistic director, Joshua Maxwell, who also procured rights for “Mama Mia!” and “The Lion King Jr.” for PCT this season. This is a go-big or go-home season, and we are definitely going big with “Shakespeare in Love.”
The set will take you back in time, as will the beautiful costumes, she said.
“Some of the props, and our use of them, will make your spine tingle,” Young commented. “With many moving pieces, this mostly rom-com has more of a musical feel – and the music is gorgeous. We have veteran actors and those new to our stage, including up and coming actors from multiple high schools.”
But the best part of it all is that the troupe and crew have gotten an intimate look at how their love of the play may have come about, with some absurdly talented playwrights and actors, as well as the right businessmen and a Queen who loved and protected them.
“Maybe, ultimately, it doesn’t matter how Shakespeare’s most famous play came to be written, but is more important that we celebrate the fact that we still relate to these very human stories, today,” she said. “I’m simply delighted that Paris, Texas, is going to get to see and experience the world of Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare, Viola De Lesseps, and how this world, quite possibly, contributed to the most known love story to this day: that of Juliet and her Romeo.”
The play continues Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call the PCT office at 903-784-0259 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $15 apiece. Click here to purchase tickets.