The Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition is preparing for a June 18 and 19 and 25 and 26 (two weekends!) return to Burr Park with a production of Twelfth Night and we hope that all local actors interested will join us (on stage or in the audience) for this long awaited homecoming.
Due to lingering Covid restrictions, our 2021 production will be non-Equity, meaning we will be casting only local (non-Equity) talent in all roles. Auditions for "Twelfth Night" are scheduled for Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18 at the Creative Arts Guild beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.
If you are interested, please contact Lane Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chase Parker (email@example.com) or Wes Phinney (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up an audition appointment time.
You can access Character Descriptions for Twelfth Night at the following link:
June 13, 15, 20, 22, 2019 | 8PM
Burr Performing Arts Park - 101 S. Hamilton Street in Downtown Dalton
Free and Open to the Public
Directed by Lane Davies
Henry V is a history play, probably written around 1599. It covers events during the Hundred Years' War, immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt (1415).
Soon after he becomes king, Henry V is considering making a claim to rule France as well as England.
He asks the Archbishop of Canterbury about how strong his claim is, but it's when the dauphin sends Henry an insulting message that he makes up his mind and decides to invade France.
The king's former companions from his days in the Eastcheap tavern hear of the death of Sir John Falstaff from Hostess Quickly. They take their leave of her and set out to join Henry's army.
Despite the dauphin's insistence that Henry is an unworthy opponent, the French king receives the English ambassadors but finally rejects Henry's claim to the crown.
Henry's soldiers take the town of Harfleur.
The English soldiers are in poor condition - disheartened by sickness and foul weather. They begin to retreat, but Henry rejects the French Herald's offer of ransom and the two armies prepare to fight.
THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT
The evening before the battle, Henry tours the camp in disguise, finding out what his men think. It leads him to consider the heavy responsibilities of kingship.
In the French camp, by contrast, confidence is high. As battle begins, Henry rallies his troops and places them all in God's hands.
Lane Davies grew up in Dalton, the son of Bill and Emily Davies. His first substantial stage role was in the Dalton Little Theatre’s production of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. Perhaps best known for sardonic roles in television comedy and drama, during 30 years as a stage actor, Lane has performed such roles as Hamlet, Macbeth (4), Richard III, King Lear, shylock, Prospero, Petruchio (2), Henry V, Claudius, Marc Antony, Oberon (3), Capulet, Benedick, Orsino, Proteus, Tybalt,and Cyrano de Bergerac(2) in companies from San Diego to Providence, Rhode Island. More recently, he has been active in Europe with the Prague Shakespeare Company, as Edward IV in Richard III, Armado in Love's Labors Lost, Cervantes/Quizote in Man of La Mancha, and Agamemnon in both Troilus and Cressida and The Trojan Women.
Lane has directed a dozen productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as productions of Macbeth, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, 12th Night, and Henry V, among others.
On television, he was the original 'Mason Capwell' on NBC's 80s soap Santa Barbara, an international hit which has now played in over 53 countries worldwide.
Other television credits include starring roles in four prime-time series, Good & Evil, The Mommies, Woops! and The Crew. He appeared regularly as the psychopathic time-traveler 'Tempus' on Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman, and recurred on 3rd Rock from the Sun as 'Chancellor Duncan', on The Practice as 'Kyle Barrett', and on Scrubs as 'Dr. Simon Reid'. Television credits also include seven pilots and some 50 guest-star appearances, including such shows as Seinfeld, Working, The Nanny, Ellen, Jesse, Coach, Major Dad, Clueless, Married With Children, Just Shoot Me, and Good Luck, Charlie.
As Artistic Director for the Santa Susana Repertory Company, a professional resident theater company in Ventura County, Lane produced and/or directed over 40 productions and guided the company from its inception. He also founded and was Co-Artistic Director of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival in Thousand Oaks, now in its 22nd season, and was Artistic Director of the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival from 2008 to 2011.
Bob Boudreaux is honored to be in the inaugural production of the Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition. He started with the Houston Shakespeare Festival while employed full time as TV Anchor for the local Disney owned station. He performed in 40 productions over 21 seasons. Since retiring from TV News, Bob studied with such notables as famed Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee ,and US trustee of the famed Globe Theater of London, Dr. Sidney Berger. In the Houston festival he met fellow actor, Texan, and entrepreneur Guy Roberts, founder of Prague Shakespeare Company who brought him to Europe to perform. Bob has since been a trans-Atlantic member of the Prague Shakespeare Company for 8 seasons, He initiated the role of President Woodrow Wilson in the original history based work “ Masaryk in America”, commissioned by the US Embassy ,which premiered at the Estates Theater in Prague, the conducting home of Mozart. He also appeared in the PSC epic “Trojan War ” as Spartan King Menelaus, husband of Helen of Troy. Not to be type cast, he later played “Frothy”, a transvestite prostitute ,in Shakespeare's “Measure for Measure”, at Prague Castle's summer program. Bob performed in the title role of “Julius Caesar”, and supporting roles in “Richard 3rd” ( with Lane Davies), “ Into the Woods”, “Hamlet” ( directed by Tina Packer, the Royal Shakespeare Company), “ Amadeus”, “ Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare Abridged”, and the touring productions of “ As You Like It”, “ King Lear”, “Twelfth Night”, and “Much Ado About Nothing”. In 2017, in Prague, he produced the first English language version of the musical , “Man of La Mancha”, (starring Lane Davies), where he played the role of Governor/ Innkeeper. On screen, Bob stars in three films debuting on the festival circuit in 2019 and is in the Norwegian film “Search for the Golden Castle” coming out in the fall . In Feb. 2020 he appears as the Swedish foreign minister in the international TV Series “Atlantic Crossing”. Other screen appearances include roles in “ “Borg” (with Shia Labeouf) , “Gangster Ka, African”, and the American TV series “Genius” ( directed by Ron Howard), “ Crossing Lines” ( with William Fichtner), “ Walker, Texas Ranger” ( with Chuck Norris), and HBO's “ Banshee”. Bob was featured in the international Xerox Superbowl commercial and he provides voice characterizations and can be seen as the Grand Inquisitor and Capt. Bernard in the hit video game : “Kingdom Come : Deliverance” . Bob spent a quarter century as an Anchorman/Reporter in Houston and is a 2 time recipient of the Emmy Award for Broadcasting excellence. After college at UMASS./Amherst , Bob was an Officer in the United States Army and was a decorated combat veteran of Vietnam where he received two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze star, the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Air Medal for Valor, and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in action as a helicopter pilot. He concluded his military tour as a Flight Instructor at the Army's primary helicopter school with the rank of Captain. Bob divides time between his beloved Prague ,where is a permanent resident of the Czech Republic, while maintaining US residence in Houston where he holds an active Texas Real Estate Broker's license.
Nathan is thrilled to be playing Henry in the Conasauga Shakespeare Coalition's debut performance of Henry V. Nathan has recently returned from Prague, Czech Republic where he performed in several plays with the Prague Shakespeare Company such as Man of La Mancha, Richard III, Twelfth Night,and “Drunk” Caesar. In addition to theater, Nathan enjoys acting in film, television, commercials, and music videos. His credits on camera include National Geographic's “Genius”, History Channel's “Knightfall”, Investigation Discovery's “Murder Decoded”, a commercial for Grand Marnier and a music video for Prague based artist Piqi Miqi. Among lead roles in other short films, he can be seen playing Oz in the film “Supine” which has won multiple awards and been featured in more than 30 film festivals. When not acting, Nathan admits he has a nerdy streak and is a big fan in particular of Blizzard video games and Pokemon. He also likes to record raps on occasion, with one of his raps being selected as a major contest winner for Natural Light Beer company.
Brian Webb Russell *
Brian is delighted to be coming here to Dalton for this performance of HENRY V. No stranger to Shakespeare, Brian has acted in over 50 productions of the Bard, including multiple shows of MACBETH, THE TEMPEST, HAMLET, TWELFTH NIGHT, MERCHANT OF VENICE and COMEDY OF ERRORS. An accomplished regional performer, a sampling of Brian's work includes: THE SEAFARER, STONES IN HIS POCKET, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV (American Stage), GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, INHERIT THE WIND, SUPERIOR DONUTS, (Nashville Repertory Theatre), ROMEO AND JULIET, GOD'S MAN IN TEXAS (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), JULIUS CAESAR, SHAKESPEARE'S CASE (Nashville Shakespeare Festival), THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, DIE FLEDERMAUS (Nashville Opera), AMADEUS, THE CRUCIBLE (Blackbird Theatre), THE DRAWER BOY, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (Kentucky Repertory Theatre). Brian has been seen in the SyFy movie "The Cursed", in music videos for Jeff Foxworthy, Shooter Jennings, and Toby Keith, and was just recently seen as a featured performer in the Adult Swim series "Tropical Cop Tales". Brian has won awards for his work in Nashville and St Petersburg and was the 2001 recipient of the Ingram Theatre Fellowship, awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Chase is a founding member of the CSC and, if this grand enterprise fails, will be pinned with the blame of starting this venture. Of course, should this be an outstanding success, it will be due to the endless work of Lane and Wes!
In all seriousness, Chase spends most of his time serving as the President of the Board of Directors at Dalton Little Theatre; and performing on stages or small screens. From time to time, you may even hear him on a local voiceover or hamming it up in a regional commercial or two. Despite the heat, he is delighted to be apart of bringing this Shakespeare series to Dalton’s beautiful Burr Park. Oh! During the daylight hours, he serves as the soft surface designer for Tarkett’s Imaginations Program
Wes is the Drama Teacher/Director at Dalton High School, where he has directed more than thirty productions, including three Region Champion and one State Runner-Up One-Act Competition Play. In 2019, Wes was named the Theatre Educator of the Year by the Georgia Thespians, an affiliate of the International Thespians Society, a division of the Educational Theatre Association. Prior to working at Dalton High, Wes was a co-founder and Managing Director of Artistic Civic Theatre in Dalton, where he supervised fifteen seasons of community theatre productions, directing and/or performing in more than fifty productions, and authoring Appomattox, an original Civil War drama and the libretto of an original musical adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Wes is a graduate of Auburn University (BA Theatre), and has been happily married to his wife Jennifer for 27 years. He is the proud father of daughters Emma, Kate, and Meg.
Samuel Whited *
Samuel Whited has worked as an actor and stage manager and director for 30 years. He has been seen in various venues for such companies as Tennessee Repertory Theatre (Darwin in Malibu, Jekyll and Hyde, A Christmas Story), Nashville Children's Theatre (The Cat in the Hat, Wind in the Willows, Number The Stars), Tennessee Shakespeare Festival (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, A Comedy Of Errors), Nashville Shakespeare Festival (Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor), Mockingbird Theatre (Dearly Departed, Hamlet, The Southern Christmas Sampler) and People's Branch Theatre (1984, Madwoman of Chaillot). Sam has also been involved in several films and video projects (Claudette, Master of None) as well as supplying voiceover talent for Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and others.
* Member of Actors' Equity Association