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WACS grad directs, manages ‘Julius Caesar’ production

August 8, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

HAMBURG, N.Y. - Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" will be performed by a Pittsburgh based acting troupe comprised of at-risk youth on Friday Aug. 3 at "The Hub," 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, N.Y., at 8 p.m. Tickets for are $8 and available at the door.

Talented young actors present "Julius Caesar" in a highly stylized, modern version of the classic 16th century play. This powerful production brings Shakespeare to a new generation from a new perspective - the 21st century streets of the inner-city.

Behind the scenes are Eric and Laura Brautigam Anderson, who direct and stage manage the production. Laura is a 2002 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School and, like many other Westfield graduates, has followed the performing arts career path.

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Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” will be performed by a Pittsburgh based acting troupe comprised of at-risk youth on Friday Aug. 3 at “The Hub,” 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, N.Y., at 8 p.m. Laura Brautigam Anderson, a 2002 graduate of Westfield Academy and Central School, directed and stage managed the production. Tickets for are $8 and available at the door.

"Urban Impact is an awesome organization," she said. "It affords my husband and me the opportunity to be deeply involved in both theater as well as the lives of dozens of young people in the inner city."

The choice of using Shakespeare is intentional.

"Using the works of William Shakespeare, middle and high school students develop acting skills, increase vocabulary and self confidence, as well as their understanding of classic literature," Anderson said. "My earliest exposure to the performing arts was at WACS. Mr. Knappenberger and the WACS performing arts department were foundational in giving me the early experience and rigorous training I needed to pursue my dream in college and now as a professional actor. When I work with the kids at Urban Impact, I feel like I am investing in these kids the way my mentors invested in me."

 
 

 

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