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Take Note Troupe offers free Shakespeare in the park

By: Brody Fernandez, Lead Reporter for South Placer
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The nonprofit Take Note Troupe is presenting three free performances of “The Tempest” at the Quarry Park Amphitheater in Rocklin for all ages. 

About 38 high school students are in the cast, along with about six adult volunteers and two youth volunteers on the production side.

Remaining shows are at 7:30 tonight and Saturday. 

“Residents should come out because these shows are beautiful, engaging and really funny. People who are Shakespeare skeptics,” said Take Note Troupe development director Sue Michal, “really do find these stories relevant and these are stories that everyone struggles with and can resonate with today. Come and get culturally educated and most of all have fun.” 

The city of Rocklin has food trucks showing up an hour before the show at 6:30 p.m. and recommends that visitors bring folding chairs and blankets.

“For this particular show (‘The Tempest’), we received the community arts grant from the Placer County Arts Council,” Michal said. “We also receive additional small business sponsors and depend on donations and solicit donations during our productions too. We invite people to donate at our Shakespeare in the Park events were they can make a donation for the program that we are performing.”

Take Note Troupe offers acting classes, youth groups and summer programs. The nonprofit organization is a youth development organization first and a theater second, according to Michal. 

“We focus on the skills these actors need to hone in on and continuously develop. Anyone can join,” she said. “It’s not exclusive to students or any certain groups out there. We have programs that start for kids ages 7, high school student programs and even young adult classes as well.” 

The majority of Take Note Troupe staff and individuals who coach, lead and instruct are volunteers. Enrollment fees for all classes and programs go directly into funding the productions. 

Eli Farley is a high school senior, who plays Stefano in this weekend’s “The Tempest.”

“TNT is not only beneficial to kids who like theater but it’s an amazing program for everyone. The program is founded on four principles that we use in our rehearsals and shows,” Farley said, “but they are philosophical principles that can apply to life as well. Going through this program, I have developed skills to help me be happier and enjoy life more. Also, the people have become the best friends in my life.”

 For more information about Take Note Troupe, see takenotetroupe.org.