November 1–17, 2019 @ Knoxville Children's Theatre
KNOXVILLE, TN — Knoxville Children’s Theatre, in partnership with Clayton Foundation, presents 14 performances of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” KCT’s version is a specially adapted under two-hour version of the classic tragedy, geared for ages 12 and up.
The play is performed Nov. 1-17 on Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Caesar has returned to Rome in triumph after a devastating civil war. However, a group of conspirators is disturbed by Caesar’s increasing power and ambition. To help their cause, they persuade Brutus, a good friend of Caesar and a man regarded through the city for his honesty and honor, that the welfare of Rome demands that Brutus conspire against his own friend. Brutus joins the conspiracy and set events in motion that will leave Rome in deadly peril.
The play is performed by 16 young actors, from ages 12 to 17. Charlotte Stark, a KCT intern and student director of this season’s “Little Women,” plays the title role. KCT veteran performer Halle Boring, last seen as Mother Superior in KCT’s production of “Lilies of the Field,” plays Brutus. Austin Bishop plays the part of Mark Antony, and Elijah Payne portrays Caius Cassius.
Four actors are making their KCT debuts: Annabel Dattilo, Henry Lubke, LoRen Seagrove and Shania Watson. The rest of the cast includes many KCT veteran performers Abby Cowan, Beth King, Ethan Elder, Joshua Howerton, Eric Magee, Lauren Norton, Lydia Pulsinelli and Maria Kauffman.
KCT Artistic Director Dennis E. Perkins directs. Carolyn Corley is the combat director. Senior Brycen Ritchie (West High) serves as assistant director and senior Lauren Rymer (Bearden High) is the play’s stage manager. Braxxton Sommers, (West High) and Corbin Fram (Home school) provide the scenery design. The show’s lighting designer is Alex Montgomery (Grace Christian Academy) with assistance from August King (Bearden Middle.) Saiya Palmer, (West High) assisted by Julia Lance, (West Valley) designs the costumes. Conard Belitz (Oak Ridge High) is the properties master.