The Webb School Theatre will present "The Merchant of Venice" in the Black Box Theatre on Nov. 8-10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. The production is open to the public. Admission is $10 with no charge for children under 10. Reservations are required. Please visit http://events.webbschool.com/theatre to reserve your tickets. For more information, call 931-389-5703.
The production is directed by Ruth Cordell, and technical crew is directed by Ruth Cordell and Jamie Newberg. The cast includes Shylock - Slate Bowers; Lorenzo - Arianna Boyle; Salerio/Leonardo - Bailey Brock; Nerissa - Amy Chen; Portia - Jael Davis; Messenger - Scotty Garner; Prince Arragon/Tubal - Michael Jones; Merchant Antonio - Kojo Kuofor; Lancelet - MacKenzie McKillip; Gratiano - Trey Snell; Salanio - Ainsley Stephanick; Bassanio - Andrew Turner; Prince Morocco - Donovan Vincent; Salarino - Mili Walton; Duke – Annie Zhou; and Jessica - Carol Zhou.
The tech crew includes Bailey Chance, Anthony Culp, Ollie Hutchens, Zach Hyde. The Theatre C class: Shemar Fray, Joshua Goco, Isabella Insell, Jordan Jenkins, Barrett Melson, Charlie Mitchell, Azaria Porter, Nathan Thompson - is assisting with theatre set, makeup and wardrobe. Construction director is Jason Joslin. Costumes coordinator, Colleen Garatoni (Nashville Repertory Theatre) is coordinating, fluffing and buffing, and fitting costume rentals from Performing Arts Supply Company.
The Folger Shakespeare website describes the play as "Antonio, the merchant in The Merchant of Venice, secures a loan from Shylock for his friend Bassanio, who seeks to court Portia. Shylock, a Jewish moneylender, recalls past insults from Antonio and, instead of asking interest on the loan, asks instead —in what he calls a 'merry sport' — that if the loan is not repaid, Antonio will owe a pound of his own flesh.
Bassanio sails to Belmont, where the wealthy heiress Portia is being courted by suitors from around the world. Her father's will requires that the successful suitor solve a riddle involving chests of gold, silver and lead. Where others have failed, Bassanio succeeds by selecting the right chest. Portia marries Bassanio; her waiting woman, Nerissa, marries his friend Gratiano.
Shylock's daughter, Jessica, has eloped with Bassanio's friend Lorenzo, taking her father's money with her. Shylock is devastated. When Antonio cannot repay the loan, Shylock demands the pound of flesh. When the news reaches Belmont, Bassanio returns to Venice. Portia and Nerissa also travel to Venice, disguised as a lawyer and his clerk. Portia uses the law to defeat Shylock and rescue Antonio."
--Folger Shakespeare: www.folger.edu