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Henry IV Part I

a Play
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : North Fulton Drama Club [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Barrington Hall [WEBSITE]
ID# 4090

SHOWING : September 23, 2011 - October 08, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Mark your calendar now! NFDC is proud to announce our Fall 2011 production of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I.

The crown rests uneasily on King Henry IV. His right to rule is in question, a rebellion is imminent, and his son, Prince Hal, would rather be a tavern-crawling brigand than a knight. William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 is part history, part comedy, and all entertaining.

Friday & Saturday Evenings September 23rd through October 8th at 8pm
Sunday Matinee October 2nd at 4pm

Seating begins at 7pm; Show begins at 8pm (more or less dusk)

General Admission: FREE!
Suggested Donation of $5

Reserved seating at tables will be available for this show. Please use this link to order tables: http://goo.gl/0CBEx

Location:
Barrington Hall
535 Barrington Drive
Roswell, GA 30075


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer / Costumes A. Nikki Strickland
Assistant Director Jessica DeMaria
Director / Sound Design Thomas L. Strickland
Costumes Alyssa Jackson
Young Fluellen (Accompanist) Adam Levenstein
Mortimer/Messenger/Traveler/Servant Sean Anderson
Peto Emily Arvidson
The Douglas Ben Boardman
Prince Hal Kyle Brumley
Frances/Traveler/Messenger Barbara Capogna-Moras
Blunt Jim Dailey
Mistress Quickly Jackie Estafen
Sir John Falstaff Max Flick
Westmoreland Jerry Harlow
Lady Percy Olivia Harlow
Pointz Andrew Hibbs
Glendwyr Rod Lindsey
Bardolph Patrick Lundy
Worcester Jason Meinhardt
Northumberland Ilene Miller
Richard Vernon David Morgen
King Henry IV John O'Keefe
Lady Mortimer Michelle Peck
Hotspur (Henry Percy) Alexandros Salazar
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REVIEWS

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Harry Versus Harry
by playgoer
Sunday, September 25, 2011
3.5
William Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part One" is the first of Shakespeare's history plays to be performed by North Fulton Drama Club. I hope it's not the last. The histories may sometimes be a bit dry, since they need to incorporate historical fact, but Shakespeare was a dramatist first and foremost, not a history professor, so the plays remain entertaining.

The physical production at Barrington Hall is not impressive. Black curtains cover sight of the building, with a platform in front with tall steps. Atop that is a podium-like dais with more steps rising to it. The topmost section is rarely inhabited, mostly by King Henry IV himself at the start of each act.

King Henry IV has little stage time in the first act. His son, Prince Hal, is more the focus of the play. Both are played by splendid actors. John O'Keefe, as King Henry IV, has terrific projection and enunciation, along with impressive stage presence. Kyle Brumley, as Hal, has an ingratiating quality, along with his stage father's excellent projection and enunciation. The highlight for me was the start of the second act, which these two started with a crackling scene.

Hotspur (Harry Percy) is a warrior of Hal's age, whom Henry IV feels initially is a better heir to the throne than his natural son. Alexandros Salazar is a near-equal to Kyle Brumley in good looks and stage presence, and his performance as Hotspur makes nearly as deep an impression. With three such strong leads, the major narrative flow of the show is in good hands.

The only other character with significant stage time of his own is Sir John Falstaff, played by Max Flick. Mr. Flick is thirty years too young for the role, but he acquits himself well. His is not the performance of a seasoned stage veteran, but it's a confident performance, and Shakespeare's writing is the impetus for the character's comedy, not any shtick an actor may add.

The smaller roles are filled adequately, although the actors filling them generally have more problems with projection than do the leads. There is no problem with projection for Jackie Estafen, as Mistress Quickly, but it's not a large role. Jason Meinhardt has a critical scene as the villainous Worcester, and he makes sure that scene lands resoundingly. Others are more or less successful in their roles in direct proportion to the number of words they speak that can be distinctly understood by the audience.

The show's style is inspired by the 1950's, and costumes are consistent with this time period. The most impressive part of the costume plot, however, is how the red-shirted soldiers of the royals and the blue-shirted soldiers of the rebels contrast. The battle portion of the play, at the end of the second act, owes a large part of its power to the clear costume design of Nikki Strickland and Alyssa Jackson.

Nights are getting colder now, so bring a jacket or wrap to see this show on the back lawn of Barrington Hall. Many pack a blanket, beach chairs, and a picnic dinner. There's a bit of a festival flavor to the proceedings, and the audience members almost feel like camp followers on the battlefields of 15th century England. It's a fitting setting for "Henry IV, Part One." I can't wait to see what happens in Part Two! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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