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Michigan Shakespeare Festival Prepares for 2012 Season

Michigan Shakespeare Festival Prepares for 2012 Season

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Feb 13, 2012

JACKSON – The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is thrilled to announce our Design team for the 2012 Season—bringing back some consistent favorites and adding some new top regional theatre talent.  Returning for 2012 are Festival Scenic Designer and Technical Director Jeromy Hopgood, Festival Composer Kate Hopgood, Violence Designer David Blixt, and Costume Designers Melanie Schuessler and Renae Pedersen Skoog.  New to the Festival will be NYU trained, Regional Theatre Lighting Designer Diane Fairchild and Costume Designer Misti Bradford.  For this Season’s Pygmalion, the Festival has also hired Dialect Specialist Elise Kauzlaric.

Mr. Hopgood’s fluid and powerful sets for Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, Driving Miss Daisy, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, and Moliere’s Tartuffe have been critically and popularly praised throughout Michigan. For 2012, he will be designing Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion in repertory.

In addition to Mr. Hopgood, MSF Artistic Director Janice L Blixt has also brought back Festival composer Kate Hopgood.  “Kate’s music has been integral to the impact of the 2010, 2011 Seasons—her talent and range brings out the best in all of the company,” says Blixt.

Melanie Schuessler designed the intricate and beautiful costumes for 2011’s Tartuffe and will be using her skill and attention to detail to bring this season’s Pygmalion to life.  Renae designed the hit 2009 production of the Tempest and 2011’s powerful epic production of The Winter’s Tale.  For 2012 she will be working on the romantic comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost.  And Misti Bradford, Costume Designer at University of Wisconsin, Parkside, will be taking on the task of Richard III. “Misti’s specialty is taking period designs and giving something unexpected and surprising to the overall look—and we’re going to be doing Richard III in period costumes—1480s England—but we’d like them to have a streamlined look and edge.” Blixt, the Director of Richard III, explained.  Wayne State University Alumna Darice DaMata-Geiger will be assisting Ms. Bradford in building the show.

The art of villainy, smart romantic comedy, and a battle of class and gender are on the bill this summer for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival’s 18th season. Richard III will anchor two plays new to the Festival: Love’s Labour’s Lost and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. MSF’s professional Shakespearean company will run all three shows in rotating repertory from July 12-August 5 at the Baughman Theatre of the Potter Center, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson, MI.

Tickets and more information are available at www.MichiganShakespeareFestival.com