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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's "Next Stage Ensemble" summer touring comparny brings "The Winter's Tale" to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

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 45 Macculloch Ave Morristown NJ 07960  See map

At 4pm on Sunday August 5th 2012 Macculloch Hall Historical Museum will present The Winter’s Tale performed by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Next Stage Ensemble summer touring program.

The first of Shakespeare's great mystical and mythical romances, The Winter's Tale transports audiences through a fanciful and sometimes dark 16-year journey. From the seeds of unfounded jealousy, two kingdoms become entangled in a web of paranoia, insinuation, and mistrust.  Can a lost princess unwittingly be the key to healing the two realms?  From the dramatic accusations in the high court of Sicilia, to the raucous and jovial Bohemian sheep-sheering festival, to the revelatory final scene, The Winter's Tale celebrates the triumph of love, nobility, and all things good, and ends with a promise of rejuvenation, redemption and hope. 

One of several outreach programs offered by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the Next Stage Ensemble brings the thrill of a live performance to audiences of all ages throughout New Jersey each summer, while enabling young performers to gain valuable experience in classical theatre and ensemble work.  The Next Stage Ensemble upholds the Shakespearean tradition of a traveling company of actors bringing its theatrical repertory into the community, by performing at hospitals, retirement communities, libraries, camps, schools and community centers. For additional information about this performance, please contact Macculloch Hall Historical Museum -more-

About Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The last tickets for admission are sold at 3 p.m. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Tours will visit second floor gallery exhibits including "The Other Side of War: The Civil War on the Home Front” and the Thomas Nast gallery.  Visitors to Macculloch Hall will also have the opportunity to enjoy the colorful and elegant gardens. The gardens were restored in the 1950s by the Garden Club of Morristown and are planted for seasonal bloom. Garden performances will take place on Sundays starting July 29th, through August 26th.  The Poets in the Garden program is presented on September 16th. Please bring blankets or chairs for the garden programs. In the case of inclement weather the Shakespeare performance will move indoors.  Please visit the museum website for more information.

The Museum is closed on Wednesday July 4th and Sunday September 2nd. For information, call the Museum weekdays at (973) 538-2404, visit our website www.maccullochhall.org or find us on Facebook.  Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. It is located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is a nonprofit educational affiliate of the W. Parsons Todd Foundation. 

About the Next Stage Ensemble

The Next Stage Ensemble, now in its 20th year, was created in 1992 as part of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Summer Professional Training Program, to foster the work of early-career actors and directors. One of several exciting outreach programs offered by the Theatre, each summer the Next Stage Ensemble brings the thrill of live performance to audiences throughout New Jersey, while enabling young performers to gain valuable experience in classical theatre and ensemble work.

Much as an Elizabethan traveling company would have done, the troupe tours with only minimal sets and without lighting equipment. In traditional fashion, actors typically perform in multiple roles. The performers rely upon the text and their craft, rather than on elaborate sets, costumes and special effects, to create theatrical "magic."

Photo of the 2011 performance, courtesy of Stan Freeny.

For additional information about the Next Stage Ensemble, call 973-408-3806.

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