Caroline Nesbitt and Vivian Nesbitt, two of the founding members of Advice To The Players, a non-profit Shakespeare company, will be returning to the stage together to perform in The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Sandwich Fairgrounds in August.
In the spring of 1999, Caroline Nesbitt founded Advice To The Players to bring Shakespeare into the lives of teens and adults in the White Mountains region. As the company grew, Nesbitt began to dream of an outdoor, summer Shakespeare festival and in 2002 brought her sister, Vivian Nesbitt, along with Becca Boyden, on board to found the summer season on the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage with a drama camp for children and a production of As You Like It.
Twelve years later, Advice To The Players, truly a “locally sourced Shakespeare company,” now provides the Lakes and White Mountains regions with Shakespeare camps for children and teens, professional productions, and more throughout the year. This year, for the annual summer production at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, the sisters are back on stage together for the first time in more than ten years as main characters in The Merry Wives of Windsor, a comedy full of love – or attempts at it!
The Merry Wives of Windsor follows the silly, slapstick wooing attempts of Falstaff, a broke, hedonistic knight, as he tries to get two rich women (played by the Nesbitt sisters) to fall in love with him simultaneously. The catch? Both women are already married! When the women and their husbands figure out Falstaff’s plan, the game is on!
“I am SO beyond excited that I get to play with my incredible sister Vivian in Advice To The Players’ The Merry Wives Of Windsor this summer. The last time we got to do this was playing the Dromios in ATTP’s The Comedy Of Errors years ago.” says Caroline Nesbitt. “There are not many great roles for two ladies of a certain age to play together, especially in Shakespeare, and we are so ready to rumble!”
“It’s a blast to be here in Sandwich with my sister and our Advice To The Players family,” Vivian Nesbitt added. “I’m so happy to be back on stage, performing with the group we started more than ten years ago! It’s an honor to see how the company has changed and grown over the years.”
The Merry Wives of Windsor is directed by Candace Clift, an Advice To The Players veteran actor and director. She and Becca Boyden, the Executive Director of the company, are the ones who decided to bring the Nesbitt sisters back together to Sandwich’s stage.
“Caroline and Viv are incredible, fun actors and I am so happy that they’re both in the show this summer. When they started Advice To The Players’ summer season in 2002, they gave so many kids, teenagers, community members, and professional actors like myself a great opportunity to come together and play with Shakespeare each summer,” said Clift.
The family friendly and funny The Merry Wives of Windsor will be performed at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage in Sandwich, NH from August 1-10 at 2 PM each day. An evening performance will take place in the Sandwich Town Hall on Tuesday, August 5 at 7:30 PM. There are no shows on Monday, August 4 or Wednesday, August 6. Adult tickets are $20, $10 for seniors and students and free for 12 and under at the Fairgrounds. Youth tickets (12 and under) are $7 at Town Hall.
Caroline and Vivian Nesbitt in rehearsal at Advice To The Players. The sisters are back on stage together for The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage. Performances are at 2 PM on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 1, 2 & 3 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 7, 8, 9 & 10. There will be one evening performance on Tuesday, August 5 at 7:30 pm at the Sandwich Town Hall. For tickets or information go to www.AdviceToThePlayers.org, call 986-6253 or e-mail contact@AdviceToThePlayers.org