One of the biggest challenges in undertaking Shakespeare in Vermont is casting. There are a lot of talented actors in Vermont, but not that many with a depth of experience with Shakespearean text.
One of the most rewarding things I found through this process was the number of talented young people eager to gain this experience. We cast quite a few youngsters, starting with Chloe Clark, Anna McIntosh and Georgia Malone-Wolfsun to play the witches. Chloe and Anna are Middlebury Middle and High School students, and Georgia is a Burlington High School Student. Our witches are going to be young, beautiful and very eerie supernatural waifs and these girls are going to be wonderful!
We also have the talented Theo Wells-Spackman, a 13 yr. old from Middlebury, to play Donalbain and Fleance, and a precocious 7 yr. old, Chance Koenig, to play young Macduff. Chance totally stole my heart during the auditions. He is in love with acting, and, I understand he ran his very own theater camp in his backyard this summer!
Also in the cast is Orlando Grant, from Montpelier, a high school senior, son of theater professionals Margot Whitcomb & Neil Worden, and a fine and serious actor who is preparing for a career in the theater. He plays the crucial part of Malcolm.
I'll comment more about the rest of the cast in future posts!