Free shows bring Shakespeare to life
By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter
Spend a night in the park this summer with free performances of Shakespeare's work.
Wooden O has performed Shakespeare's works in the Seattle area since 1994.
"Wooden O started out as an independent theater organization, and merged with the Seattle Theater company in 2008," said Artistic Director George Mount.
Outdoor theater comes with challenges, one being weather.
"We deliberately schedule our season during what is usually the Seattle areas' driest time of year," said Mount.
"Fighting for the audience's attention can also be a challenge. There's dogs, airplanes, Frisbee players and difficult acoustics."
Sound amplification is used, and the script is kept dynamic and clear, so audiences can follow the action, said Mount.
"The cast is paid professional actors. Some members of the cast are also members of the professional actors union, Actor's Equity," said Mount.
Donations to support the company are welcome online, when they pass the hat, or at the information table before or after performances.
"I've always believed Shakespeare is great entertainment. You might even say complete entertainment. The stories are full of emotion, humor, danger, and even a little bawdiness," Mount said.
"There's action and adventure, romance, seriousness, and silliness. The language and the ideas are intellectually stimulating."
Audiences range between 200-500, so that the people on the outskirts can hear.
"They are not stuffy, museum pieces that you should see because they're good for you. They are actually fun, entertaining, generally easy to follow when done well, and a great way to spend a summer night in a park," said Mount.
The performances are under two hours on average, to keep the audience engaged.
"Since we perform at various locations, we require flexibility in the set, and actors movement," said Mount.
To decide on the locations of the plays, "often we have been invited by the local parks and rec or arts commissions to perform and they suggest the parks. However our first venue, Mercer Island's Luther Burbank Park, was picked because I grew up there and loved the amphitheater," Mount said.
This summer marks year 24 of these productions.
"Most of Shakespeare's plays were originally written to be performed outdoors. It's a great way to experience those larger-than-life elements of the plays. Indoors, we get the nuance, subtlety and intricacy of the plays. Outdoors we experience the grander scale and depth of the stories," said Mount.
Wooden O will perform Much Ado About Nothing on Aug. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park.
Another local troupe, Greenstage, will perform Richard II at Lake Burien School Memorial Park on Aug. 5 at 7 p.m., and Lake Wilderness Park on August 13 at 5 p.m.
The Comedy of Errors will be performed at Lake Burien School Memorial Park on July 29 at 7 p.m.
Des Moines Beach Park is at, 22030 Cliff Ave. S., Des Moines.
Lake Burien School Memorial Park is at 1620 SW 149th St., Burien.
Lake Wilderness is at 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley.
Lake Burien School Memorial Park is at 1620 SW 149th St., Burien.
An alert Highline staff member and local public safety officers helped stop a potential suicide on campus last week.
While a staff member was working, he noticed a suspicious male wandering the East Lot around 6:25 a.m. May 25. The staff worker called Highline Public Safety who responded to find the individual running around with a rope in his hands, looking for a place to possibly hang himself.
This prompted Public Safety to contact Des Moines Police and South King County Fire and Rescue. By the time first responders came to the scene, the distraught man climbed into a tree near Building 99, ready to use the rope on himself.
First responders talked to the man, successfully convincing him to come down from the tree. After the turmoil settled the individual was transported to a nearby hospital for an evaluation.
Sgt. George Curtis of Public Safety said this was the first time he has encountered someone attempting to endanger their own life on campus.
Staff member passes out
Public Safety said the actions of the staff member who reported the incident is an excellent example of how “see something, say something” could potentially save a life. A staff member was reported to have passed out in Building 4 at 8:10 a.m. The person was sitting in their chair when they lost consciousness, then fell out, hitting their head on the ground. Public Safety arrived but the staff member refused any medical treatment.
Late night fast food runs a no-no
A suspicious car was spotted on campus at 1:35 a.m. on May 28 by a Public Safety officer. The car was occupied by two students and parked between buildings 29 and 22.
The two students had gone to Jack in the Box and decided to eat the fast food on campus.
They were told by the officer to leave because campus was closed.
Wash your tobacco elsewhere
Man is found washing cigarette butts in bathroom.
Officers made contact with a non-student who appeared to be washing cigarette butts in the third-floor bathroom sink in Building 26 on May 25 at 10:40 p.m.
The man was told to clean up and leave campus. He complied and took his cigarette butts elsewhere.
Learn all about Safe Zones
Allies of the LGBTQIA community along with faculty and staff will be hosting a Safe Zones training program, next month.
Safe Zones is a program identifying individuals in the school community who are safe and supportive allies of LGTBQIA students and faculty.
The Safe Zones training is put on by Highline’s Multicultural Affairs organization.
The program is about learning more about the queer community and to build skills to use on the Highline campus and out in other communities.
The LGBTQIA Taskforce has been working on creating a basic curriculum for the Safe Zones training that not only provides information that may seem basic or simple.
Anyone is welcome to the Safe Zones training.
The training will be June 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Writing Center, Building 26 room 319i.
Annual Vicom Portfolio Show is next week
Highline is hosting its annual portfolio show next week.
Design students will show off their work and achievements on June 5 - 6.
The show is in Building 8, Mt. Olympus room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
Faculty awards nominations due
The annual vote for Highline’s Outstanding Faculty Awards has been extended June 5.
The Highline College Foundation provides two
$1,500 awards to be presented to Highline College’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year.
Nominations can be made by any student, staff member, faculty member or administrator of Highline. A person may make only one nomination for each award.
Further detainominations need to consist of written statements from both the nominator and then a second reference that gives specific emphasis to the nominee’s contribution to education at Highline.
Nominations need to be submitted to the Selection Committee in the Office of Instruction, Mailstop 9-2, by 5 p.m. on June 5.