THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Directed by Greta Lambert
A Student Production in Partnership with
Montgomery Public Schools and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School
Nov. 10 & 12, 2022
Approx. 70 minutes | Recommended ages 8+
Proteus is in love with Julia until he gets an eyeful of his best friend’s girl, Silvia. When friends turn into rivals, things quickly go comic as they clash with bandits, a bad-mannered dog, an angry father, and a girl who won’t be dumped. This condensed version of Shakespeare’s first play is sure to be a big hit with all ages!
Director —— Greta Lambert
Valentine —— Derek Handy
Proteus —— Will Miller
Thurio —— Janobe Jackson
Speed —— Dalton Adair
Lance —— Kiley Tatum
Crab —— Karys Allen
Antonio —— Charles Evans
Julia —— Mary Virginia Stephens
Sylvia —— Morgan McKenzie
Lucetta —— Arielle Dorsey
Duchess — Heiress Williams
Choreographer —— Aniya Logan
Understudy —— Isabella Dennison
Stage Manager —— Olivia Tippett
Original music & lyrics for “Sylvie” by Morgan McKenzie & Heiress Williams
About This Production
This production of William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona is part of a new initiative under Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s partnership with Montgomery Public Schools.
Under this partnership, MPS high school students are led by a professional director and stage manager. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is the first production under this new initiative. The goal is to have multiple MPS schools participate in future seasons. If your school or your child’s school is interested in participating, please email Greta Lambert, Deputy Artistic Director, at [email protected].
This ASF/MPS initiative is funded in part by the Support the Arts License Tag Fund.
Director – Greta Lambert *
Greta Lambert has been a company member for 35 years, playing most of Shakespeare’s women, Ivy Rowe (Fair and Tender Ladies), Amanda (Glass Menagerie), Shirley Valentine, Dottie (The Furniture of Home), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Linda (Death of a Salesman), Blanche DuBois, Hedda Gabler, Sarah Bernhardt, and Eliza Dolittle. ASF directing: Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Proof, Relative Values, Beauty & the Beast, Cinderella, and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
Aniya Logan — Choreographer
Aniya Logan is a level II student in the Musical Theatre magnet at Booker T. Washington Magnet High. This is her first time choreographing for a play. She wants to thank the director for trusting her with this and everyone else who trusted her.
Olivia Grace Tippett— Stage Manager
Olivia Grace Tippett graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in communication with an emphasis in theatre and her Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography. She hopes to pursue a career in both stage management and theatrical design/technology. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Theatre AUM Guild. She received the KCACTF Region IV Heart of the Arts award, KCACTF Region IV Golden Hard Hat Award, and 1st place for KCACTF Region IV Regional Costume Design. Since graduating, She has tour managed for the Texas Shakespeare Festival’s Fall Educational Tour, worked on different crews at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and stage managed at the Texas Shakespeare Festival during their 2022 season. Olivia would like to thank her parents, sisters, friends, mentor, Val Winkelman, and Greta Lambert for always supporting her. She is ecstatic to be given this opportunity with ASF to stage manage the first production under the ASF/MPS initiative!
Dalton Adair — Speed/Outlaw
Dalton Adair is extremely excited to be a part of The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theatre. Dalton has recently been studying Theatre Performance at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School where he is currently in his junior year. For fun, Dalton has picked up a lot of different hobbies including music production, songwriting and watching a lot of Netflix. Dalton aspires to pursue theatre as a career after high school. He wants to thank his parents for always supporting his passions and all his dreams.
Karys Allen — Crab
Karys Allen was born and lives in Montgomery, Ala. This is her first year at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. Her art is Theatre. This is also her first time doing a Shakespeare play. She is very excited.
Bella Dennison — Outlaw/Understudy
Bella Dennison is an actress, artist, and book worm based in Montgomery, Alabama. She’s always been a fan of Shakespeare and is ecstatic to keep these stories alive. You may have seen her in Treasure Island, The Giver, or various other productions. She is grateful for all the opportunities the BTW theatre magnet and Alabama Shakespeare Festival provide, and she hopes to create more awesome art in the future!
Arielle Dorsey — Lucetta/Outlaw
Arielle Dorsey is from right here in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a freshman art student at Booker T. Washington. She is studying musical theatre as my magnet focus. Arielle has been participating in theatre for seven years and this is the sixth production she has worked on. Her first show was a twist on a Cinderella story. She would really like to thank her current drama teacher and her teacher from 3rd grade for inspiring her to work as an actor. Arielle is excited to be a part of this play as she has always loved Shakespeare. The cast is truly amazing, and a fun group of people to work with. She also would like to thank her mom for giving her the idea to join the drama department.
Charles Evans — Antonio/Outlaw
Charles Evans is a junior at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. He was born in Montgomery, Ala. He is looking forward to being a part of this production, especially after COVID-19 happened and all productions were put on hold. He is glad to have this opportunity to be in a theater production.
Derek Handy, Jr. — Valentine
Derek Handy is a 16 year-old living in Montgomery, Ala. He is a junior at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School under the Musical Theatre magnet. In 2021 he was the 1st place SR. High Acting Category winner for the ACES competition (Arts Council of Montgomery). In 2020, he played the character of Michael in Ruby!: The Story of Ruby Bridges at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his studies, he enjoys playing piano, acting, cross country, video editing and graphic design. Derek participates in various piano competitions and has been a church organist/pianist for over 3 years. Derek has a lifetime goal of pursuing a career in Urban Planning.
Ja'Nobe Jackson — Thurio
Ja’Nobe Jackson is a dedicated, hardworking scholar who studies Musical Theatre at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School. He is a junior. Ja’Nobe has been in 2 musicals, this will be his first play. He is excited to be a part of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Morgan McKenzie — Sylvia
Morgan McKenzie is an ambitious student who dreams of becoming an award-winning actress. She has three siblings: two sisters and one brother. Morgan loves to sing, dance, and act. Her favorite pastime is watching movies. Morgan feels very honored to be a part of this cast as she loves the challenge that performing Shakespeare brings. As she grows in her art form, Morgan is grateful to all audiences that she has the opportunity to entertain and inspire.
Will Miller — Proteus
Will Miller is thrilled to be playing his biggest role yet! He is very grateful to have this opportunity not just to BTW but also to ASF. He is in the Musical Theatre Magnet and has been in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Claude Herdman) with ASF, Macbeth (Witch) with YoungArts, and Treasure Island (George Badger) with the Cloverdale Playhouse. This is his Booker T. Washington play debut. He would like to thank his parents for being supportive of his dreams, and his theatre classmates who always show support.
LaGreco Sankey Jr. — Outlaw
LaGreco Sankey is a Junior in the musical theatre magnet at BTW. Previous experience includes “Play On!”. LaGreco would like to thank Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Ms. Olivia, Ms.Gretta, and Ms. Williams for giving me a chance and for their support throughout the rehearsal process. He is ecstatic to be involved with his 2nd production at BTW!
Mary Virginia Stephens — Julia
Mary Virginia Stephens is a senior at BTW Magnet studying Musical Theatre. She enjoys singing, swimming, playing the ukulele, watching Formula One, but mostly she loves to crochet. She has a two-year-old black cat named Juniper who she loves very dearly. In college, MV would like to study genetics (hopefully at Brown University, fingers crossed) and hopes to be a laboratory researcher in the same field one day. This is her first full production, but MV has appeared on the local news several times representing the Girl Scouts, as well as been in a commercial celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week.
Kiley Tatum — Lance/Outlaw
Kiley Tatum is a 9th-grade musical theatre student at BTW Magnet High School. She is so excited to be returning to the ASF Garden Stage doing her first Shakespeare play. Her most previous role was Red Ruth in Treasure Island at the Cloverdale Playhouse. She also played Grimpkin, Mack, Sanchez, and Fighting Prawn in Peter and the Starcatcher at the ASF Garden Stage. She would like to thank her friends and family for all the support they have given her.
Heiress Williams — Duchess
Heiress Williams was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. She is a sophomore at Booker T. Washington magnet High School. She has been a lover of the theatre for her entire life. Although she has different passions in mind for her career, she still wishes to practice the arts and enjoy them in her spare time. In Heiress’ free time, she likes playing the guitar, singing, dancing, watching Disney, and listening to music. For a long time, Heiress was not the most intrigued by doing Shakespeare’s work. Now that she is in a Shakespearean play, she respects the work he has done, has enjoyed her time with her castmates, and even talks in Shakespearean language.