Shakespeare's 'Comedy of Errors' opens at Metcalfe Park

The cast of  William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors” goes through blocking notes during rehearsals at Metcalfe Park. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

The cast of William Shakespeare’s “A Comedy of Errors” goes through blocking notes during rehearsals at Metcalfe Park. (RYAN ABELLA/Miner)

KINGMAN - Rehearsals are over for a group of Kingman thespians putting on one of Shakespeare's earlier works.

"A Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare will be performed at Metcalfe Park at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The play is directed by Anna Jennings, a Kingman resident who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in theater.

" 'Comedy of Errors' is about two sets of twins separated in a shipwreck many years ago," Jennings said. "In a search for their long-lost twins, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse land in Ephesus. Unbeknownst to any of the characters, both twins are in Ephesus, leading to mistaken identity and false accusations."

The entire cast features local actors from a wide variety of acting backgrounds. According to Jennings, they all approached performing in a Shakespeare play much like any other role. The rehearsal process consisted of plenty of discussions on the meaning of the lines and what the subtext is in context of the scene.

"The notion that Shakespeare is more difficult is largely false - it is not a foreign language but elevated, dramatic English that allows the actors to give vibrant performances," said Jennings. "All of the actors have previous theater experience and many of them have Shakespeare experience as well.

"I was thrilled by the interest in the project and the play features a lot of talented actors. Kingman is full of artistic talent and I hope people come out to see the performance."

Admission is free.