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Well done, ACT and Quintetto Sonare
July 13, 2009 - Diane Speer
As expected, I made it to several Passport to the Arts events over the weekend, including to Alpena Civic Theatre for an afternoon of Renaissance music and Shakespearian readings. I couldn't help but muse over how the unexpected path in life led me 20 years ago to this city where creativity and talent abounds. How very fortunate for me - and for everyone else who takes advantage of the wonderful arts and cultural opportunities afforded here!
The afternoon exceeded all expectations with six of this area's finest actors - Roger Phillips, Keith Titus, Pat Jacques, Kirstine Furtaw, Sonya Titus and Lisa Rhea - reading scenes from nine of Shakespeare's plays. In between their readings, musicians Maryann Hubbard, Fay Wojtkowiak, Kim Nitz-Gordon, Brian Carter and Jennifer Hillers, known as Quintetto Sonare, masterfully played tunes from the Renaissance era.
Everyone always expects Keith Titus to be outstanding whenever he appears on stage, and he was, especially as the mad and raving King Lear. But so too was everyone else involved in this one-time event.
The beautiful period costumes of the actors and the Renaissance-style refreshments at intermission added to the overall success of the event. Well done, Alpena Civic Theatre and Quintetto Sonare!
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