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November 2, 2012

Students to present Shakespeare's 'Pericles, Prince of Tyre'


Marina, Carolyn Noyes in real life is eventually sold into prostitution – but she acquires the power to reform her would-be customers into holy, God-fearing men.

In the end, Pericles, Thaisa and Marina are reunited. Presumably, they live happily ever after.

“It keeps you on your toes,” said Kate Quinlan, who portrays Arcanus, one of Pericles’ advisers.

“It’s so interesting,” said Nadia Zawil, one of the narrators.

While William Shakespeare is credited with writing “Pericles, the Prince of Tyre,” he based the play on an epic poem penned by John Gower.

Four students are cast as Gower and narrate the play: Zawil, Liz Kolenski, James McDaniel and Amanda Hill. The play is being directed by Tom Jaeger and Conor Moroney of Shakespeare & Company.

Starting next week, they expect to have the cast rehearsing after school until 9 p.m. each day. At North Andover High, the annual Shakespeare production has become a tradition.

Last year, students produced “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” first at the high school, then at the festival in Lenox, where drama groups from around the state perform plays by Shakespeare.

Karen Kramer, costume designer for this year’s play, said theater gives students confidence and “teaches them to think beyond the box.” Kramer’s daughter Leah Kramer graduated from North Andover High in 2004 and is now in her final year at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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