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2 More Chances to See Shakespeare in Love — And Those Fabulous Costumes — Nov 30, Dec 1

Jordan Muhammad as Viola de Lesseps. Photo by Joy Yagid

Columbia High School’s drama club, The Parnassian Society, has extended its run of Shakespeare in Love with two performances this weekend: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, in the CHS Black Box Theatre. To purchase tickets ($20/each) or make reservations, call (973) 713-6866.

CHS is participating with Disney Theatrical Productions to pilot the production for a high school stage. The romantic comedy closely follows the 1998 Oscar-winning film, with romance, mistaken identifies, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics all part of the fun. Shown are scenes from the CHS production. Photos by Joy Yagid.

Many of the costumes came from Parnassian’s own collection used for the annual Shakespeare Festival, and others were rented from the TDF (Theater Development Fund) costume collection stored at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens. All the costumes in the TDF collection have been donated from a variety of sources,  including Broadway shows that have closed, to the Metropolitan Opera. “Many of our costumes still have the Met labels in them. For a non-profit like Parnassian, they helped us costume from top to bottom – hat to boots, including the tights – and everything in-between,” said Janet Bustrin, Parnassian faculty adviser.

Read more about the production here and here

CAST:

Sam Magdanz as William Shakespeare

Jordan Muhammad as Viola de Lesseps

Skyler Jones as Queen Elizabeth I

Max Goldstein as Christopher Marlowe

Jasper Kransdorf as Philip Henslowe

Emma Hankey as the Nurse.

Stephen Lehren as Lord Wessex

Aaron Yanda as Mr. Hugh Fennyman

Noah Kariotis as Ned Alleyn.

With Sylvie Schuetz, Golan Mandel, David Goetz, Kene Amobi, Cyrus Shields, Declan Rohrs, Isabella Yagid, Marcus Michaud, , Olivia Bongiorno, Lily Hawryluk, Dylan Boyd, Kermit Cohen, Merav Mandel, Nate Kianovsky, Jessica Cannin, Zaria Berry, Anthony Degourville, and Max Sundue.

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