'The Winter's Tale' performances begin at Highland Lakes Country Club next month

| 30 Sep 2011 | 09:47

Highland Lakes - “The Winter’s Tale,” by William Shakespeare, will be presented by The Illustrious Theatre Company on the lawn of the Highland Lakes Country Club on July 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 8 p.m. and on July 24 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. “The Winter’s Tale” interweaves the elements of both tragedy and comedy, including a gripping, psychological study of irrational jealousy, a beautiful romance, and the antics of the bumbling and mischievous “clowns.” The title derives its meaning from an expression used in Shakespeare’s time to describe a story or fairy tale told by the fire on a cold winter’s night. The tale was usually dramatic and fantastic, as is this play. The plot encompasses the heartless cruelty of a king, the aftermath of his actions, and the struggle of love and humor to triumph over evil, just as spring “resurrects” life after a long winter. Highland Lakes residents involved in the production include: Mary Clifford (director), Richard Bosch (producer), Carol Chave (Costume Designer), Robert Randazzo (composer of the original music), and Cassie McCartney (Stage Manager). Included in the cast are Highland Lakes residents: Steve Caldwell, Kelsey Daly, Kathleen Flynn, Grant Hand, Robert Hand (also Musical Director), and Kellyrose Marry. The cast also includes actors from as far away as Chester and Monroe, N.Y. and Bergen County and as close as Vernon, West Milford, and Warwick, N.Y. The play will be performed “under the stars” on the lawn overlooking Highland Lake, which provides a natural “stage” for the production with a breathtaking view. The audience may bring blankets and lawn chairs as well as picnics and refreshments. The Highland Lakes 75 Anniversary Committee will also be selling refreshments at every performance and a percentage of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Highland Lakes Goodwill Fund. Tickets are $13/$15 and are available at the Highland Lakes Club House, Healthy Thymes Market in Vernon, Eclectic Eye Antiques in Warwick, and on line at www.theillustrioustheatre.org. For additional information, call 973-764-4936.