The Acorn Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” July 24-26 at the Wholly Ground Coffee Shop’s Theatre, 28245 Walker South Road, Walker.
The performances will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
“The Comedy of Errors” is Shakespeare’s earliest comedy and shortest surviving play, director Shane Stewart said.
The play features twins who are separated at birth and who are loose in the same town, he said. Mistaken identities make for hilarious complications: Servants are sent on wrong errands, jewelry is given to the wrong person and husbands are locked out of their own homes, Stewart said.
Shakespeare’s source for the plot was a comedy about mistaken identity involving a set of twins by the Roman playwright Plautus called “The Twin Menaechmi,” he said.
The Acorn Theatre is a troupe of actors who have been working together for years, Stewart said. The group includes Stewart, a Talented Theater teacher at McKinley Middle School, and students from Walker High, Live Oak High, the University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and LSU.
The troupe, which aspires to become the only Livingston Parish Shakespearean troupe, has had experience with Shakespeare’s works, and the cast has performed the “The Taming of the Shrew,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Twelfth Night.”
Plans for “Romeo and Juliet” are already in the works for next summer, Stewart said.
The cast of players includes Joni Bankston, of UNO, who is playing Antipholus of Syracuse; Haley Miller, of Live Oak High, who is playing Antipholus of Ephesus; Cassidy Smith, of Nicholls State University, who is playing Dromio of Syracuse; and Kelsey Bergeron, of LSU, who is playing Dromio of Ephesus. These four comprise the twins. Other cast members include Tate Sibley, of UL-Monroe; Miranda Bordelon, of Southeastern Louisiana University; and Lauren Buchanan and Kelsey Murray, of LSU. Matthew Liptak is from UL-Lafayette, Megan Robertson and Samantha Lichtenstein attend Walker High School, and Joey Carroll attends Live Oak High School. Blair Pourciau, of UNO, is the makeup artist; and Skyler McMorris, of Walker High, is in charge of the technical production.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or at the Wholly Ground Coffee Shop. Contact Stewart at shanestewart @cox.net or call (225) 454-9189 for more information or for tickets.