Beard needed for dates with the Bard

THE incredible words of William Shakespeare are filling the Playhouse Theatre with cast members hard at work with rehearsals for the Merchant of Venice.

Shakespeare's well-crafted and humorous script, written circa 1596, has now survived for more than four centuries. He is the most quoted playwright in history.

Local audiences will soon have the opportunity to hear his words when members of the Bundaberg Players present an abridged theatrical production of the Merchant of Venice for four performances in late June.

Local school students who study the work of the Bard will no doubt benefit from attending one of the performances on June 20, 26 and 27 at 7.30pm or Sunday, June 21, at 3pm - please note that opening night is now Saturday, June 20.

Phillip Fresta has been growing his beard and learning the lines for the character Shylock since the initial casting in 2013.

Rebecca Hutchins, Shaun Norden, Tony McGovern, Jenny Duffy, Daniel Hand, Laura Wilson, Will Mears, Leonard Strub and Ray Sinnamon are excited about bringing Shakespeare to life and wearing the stunning costumes being co-ordinated by Lili Thompson and Isabel Gover.

Graham Lister makes a welcome return to the local stage after an absence of a few years, and newcomers Mark Gelsomino and Michael Cull are enjoying the challenges only live amateur theatre can deliver.