By Nathan Pearce
In the summer of 2016, I made the decision to take a break from theatre. Many reasons went into this decision, the most important being that I was about to marry my lovely wife Elizabeth. During this two-year hiatus, I yearned to be back on the stage. So when I saw that Sweet Tea was having their summer auditions last year, I jumped at the chance.
During our first read-through for Pericles, it was like I had never left. The community I had fallen in love with was back. And what makes this show even better is that I get to work with people that I had only seen on stage. This being Sweet Tea’s biggest summer season yet intensifies the sense of community, which is great. Everyone gets along well and supports each other.
Another thing I love about being back with Sweet Tea is that it is one of the few theatres where you get to play multiple characters. In Pericles, I am playing four completely different characters. This allows for a lot change of voice and body positions. I’m a big fan of actors who can change their character with the smallest details, so this makes me extremely excited for the audience to see these characters come to life on stage.
While I don’t regret the decision I made two years ago at all, I am extremely glad to be back in this magical place called theatre with this extremely talented company called Sweet Tea Shakespeare.
Get tickets for Pericles and The Tempest at https://sweetteashakespeare.com/tickets.
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