Press Release: Much Ado About Shakespeare - The Bard's Birthday Party

On Wednesday, April 24, Advice To The Players held their festive spring fundraising dinner in Sandwich at The Corner House Inn to honor of William Shakespeare's birthday. The Mountain Lake Chorale, directed by Leslie McDonnell, presented Shakespeare-related choral selections. Company members performed Shakespearean scenes while the guests dined on a sumptuous four-course Elizabethan feast. Richard Posner provided readings of some of Shakespeare's familiar and bawdy sonnets followed by Marion Posner and Lisa Thompson's comedic account of how difficult it might be to learn Shakespeare's lines. Three student performers from the company fielded questions on how long they had been acting with the company (8 years on average, and this from teens not yet in college) and why they liked performing Shakespeare. The evening was a great success and raised money for Sandwich Summer Shakespeare, the company's July-August program of Shakespeare productions and drama camps. Sign-ups are now open for the much-loved Shakespeare Drama Camps, which offer performance-based programs for kids of all ages, featuring theater games, performance training and play production. The company is also gearing up for its summer plays, Much Ado About Nothing which will be performed afternoons on August 9-18 at The Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage, and a western melodrama version of Richard III called The Life & Death of that Dastardly Villain Richard III (aka ‘The Bunch-Back’d Toad’) which will be presented as evening cabarets at The Sandwich Town Hall. The company is holding auditions for Much Ado About Nothing and Bunch-Back’d Toad on May 18th at the Sandwich Town Hall.  For further information about the summer camps, auditions, and productions, go to or call 603-986-6253. Lisa Thompson as "the machine" and Marion Posner provide comedic skit on how to memorize Shakespeare's lines