TC theater prepares for ‘Comedy of Errors’

Tabor College will present a matinee performance of “The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare for area elementary, middle school and high school students Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Laurel Koerner, director of theater at Tabor, said the matinee will give cast members the chance to share this experience with others.

“We’re offering this because theater has the power to educate, to teach empathy, to heal and to inspire,” Koerner said.

Adding a performance for local students offers another opportunity to support a worldwide movement to celebrate Shakespeare during the 2016 anniversary. Around the world, theater groups are commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shake­speare’s death by performing his works.

“Our cast and crew have enjoyed working on this show,” said Molly Wiebe, who plays one of the Dromio twins. “We are always happy to see audiences enjoying our shows, but this is particularly special because we’re part of something happening in other countries and other cultures.”

There is plenty to laugh about in this tale of mistaken identities, and the actors have applied their own senses of humor to the creative process, according to Koerner.

“It’s been a collaborative effort to discover our version of the Comedy of Errors, and we’re getting to see our own ideas come to life,” said Reuven Isaac, who plays one of the Antipholus brothers. “It’s really exciting.”

The show is about two sets of twins accidentally and unknowingly separated at birth. Two of the twins visit the others’ hometown and are repeatedly confused for their identical brothers. The visit causes a series of mishaps and false accusations.

“The Comedy of Errors” runs Oct. 19-22 for audiences of age 6 and up. All performances will be in the Tabor Chapel. Tickets can be purchased through the student life office or on tabor.edu/homecoming.

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