SANDWICH — Advice To The Players, Sandwich’s own Shakespeare Company, is starting its 20th anniversary season with one of the Bard’s famous comedies, "The Taming of the Shrew," directed by the company’s beloved founder Caroline Nesbitt.

Performances will be at the Sandwich Town Hall Theater on March 15, 16 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

A play within a play, "The Taming of the Shrew" tells the story of a lord’s trick on a local drunkard, in which he convinces the drunk that he is, in fact, a lord and has his servants put on a play to entertain him.

The play they perform is the main story of "The Taming of the Shrew" — where an Italian noble, out of their wits with their eldest daughter Kate, a mean-spirited and independent woman, decrees that Kate must marry before her sweet, gentle, and beautiful younger sister Bianca can.

Bianca’s suitors, of which there are many, despair; but it is her suitor Hortensio who comes up with the scheme to marry Kate off to his strong-willed and determined friend Petruchio. Petruchio is enticed by Kate’s dowry, and decides to accept the challenge of "taming her."

Meanwhile, a young student named Lucentio has also fallen in love with Bianca and secretly woos her while the others are distracted with Kate and Petruchio’s tumultuous courtship — making "The Taming of the Shrew" a hilarious comedy from start to finish.

"The Taming of the Shrew" is directed by Advice To The Players founder Caroline Nesbitt, and presented by an all-star Advice To The Players cast, including Carsey Walker Jr., Kimberly Miller, Rebecca Mansfield, Dennis Sullivan, Frederick Bickford, Luke Haskell, Corey Trask, Ellie Bartz, Andrew Burke and Vicky Dworkin, along with Amelia Nudd-Homeyer, Kat Sugar, CJ Dall, Andrew Sugar, and Ginger Priestman.

This production is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank.

Advice To The Players is a unique company of theater professionals, enthusiastic community members and energetic teens that has been performing Shakespeare and offering workshops in New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains Region since 1999.

Advice To The Players' award-winning productions bring William Shakespeare’s richly passionate plays to life and introduce new generations to live theater and to Shakespeare’s brilliantly rendered portraits of humanity.

Tickets are available online at advicetotheplayers.org or by calling (603) 284-7115.

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