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Brushing Up on Shakespeare

From left: Students Delmya Leuria, Faozia Nana, and Saeed James, EOF Director Joanna Romano, performer Hayleigh Hart Franklin, student Emmanuella Ogwu, and performers Emily Watson, Christian Frost and Derrick Moore


The popular Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey troupe returned to Essex County College for its annual visit on August 1, presenting Verily, Madly Thine to an enthusiastic audience. For an hour, the troupe entertained the approximately 100 students, faculty and staff in the Mary Burch Theater with a variety of quick change scenes exploring “love and lunacy” from Shakespeare’s world.

The four performers seamlessly shifted from one scene to the next, making their costume changes behind the brightly colored scenery backdrop on stage. In front of the scenery were two “trees” and a bench.

Following the production, presented by the College’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Pre-Freshman Summer Program, the actors answered questions from the audience.

Each performer portrayed several different characters, each with varying traits and mannerisms. Performer Hayleigh Hart Franklin acknowledged that they had to take a moment before coming back on stage to be fully aware of which character they were portraying in that particular scene.

Responding to a question about opportunities in theater, actor Derrick Moore said that in addition to the performers, there are a wide spectrum of available behind the scenes, positions. These include fashion designers, engineers, set designers, and marketing staff.

The EOF program is under the direction of Joanna Romano.

Photo by Shalia Story – Essex County College Graphics Department