Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Looking for the Acting Intern Class of 2011-2012

We are now officially in rep!  Huzzah!  We are now alternating evening performances and matinees of Pride and Prejudice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the cast could not be happier.  We even had our first high school show of Pride, and it went better than any of us could have hoped.  We were nervous going into it—it was a small house (only about 80 students), we weren’t sure how many of them had read the novel (or liked it, for that matter), and Pride has nowhere near the amount of special effects that Midsummer does… but the students surprised us, as they always seem to do.  Evidently, I don’t give high schoolers nearly enough credit!  They loved the show and had plenty of questions for us afterward, which is exactly what we hoped for.

We’re also quickly approaching the final presentation for this semester of Saturday morning classes.  We only have one class left before the final presentation for the parents, and I feel like my class is way ahead of the game.  Last week, we made them a medley of the songs they picked, and everyone has now had the chance to teach the class the choreography they came up with.  We’ve got a nice variety of dance moves—everything from the twist to rolling across the ground, and from jazz hands to energetic leaps into the air.  They’ve all gotten a copy of the music, and all I can do is hope they’ve practiced during the week!  We’re going more for fun than precision in this class, but my goal is to have them be able to do the whole dance without looking to the teachers for what comes next.  One more class to make that happen!

10/11 Intern Photo - This could be you!

A few days ago, the interns got an email from Anne (the Director of Education) asking for volunteers to monitor auditions for the 2011-2012 Intern Training Program.  What a surreal request!  I can’t believe it’s already time to start picking the next group of interns—the people that will be sitting in our dressing room stations, teaching our students, and even writing this blog next season… whoever they end up being, I’m sure they’ll have a blast.

On a personal note, my parents are in town this week!  I’ve had a bunch of shows to do, but we’ve found some time to do things together.  They’ve seen (and loved) both shows, they came to trivia with our team from the Shakes, we rocked out at karaoke, and on my day off we went to Gatorland!  It was everything I dreamed it would be… that is to say, entirely full of alligators.  We watched some gator wrestling, saw some rare white gators, and I even got to get up close to some huuuuge gators and hand-feed them!  It’s the little things (like visiting half-ton reptiles with your parents) that make life great…


About Kristin Shirilla

Kristin Shirilla - 10/11 Intern

Kristin is a recent graduate of Ohio University’s BFA acting program, an Orlando Shakes acting intern for the 2010-2011 season.  Don’t miss her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Mustardseed or in Pride and Prejudice as the spoiled Lydia Bennett. Ohio University credits include THE TEMPEST (Miranda), ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Octavia, Lepidus, and more) and LOVE’S LABOURS LOST (Moth)


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