OrangeMite's first ever production, IN THE GLOBE, was an original musical comedy about finding your true potential written by Dover natives Billy Wolfgang, Dan Stief, and Jesse Rupp.
OrangeMite's second original musical, a comical murder-mystery in an opera house, was written by Dover natives Billy Wolfgang and Dan Stief and was directed by Caitlin Spivey.
Shakespeare's shortest play is this slapstick comedy of mistaken identity. OrangeMite's second Shakespeare in the Barn production was directed by Emilie Thornton and was the first production to feature Elizabethan costumes made by Dr. Mary Snow.
A plane crashes in the Guatemalan jungle and the survivors are faced with the discovery of a long-lost civilization. Soon the survivors are faced with the forced assimilation into this ancient culture. With breathtaking love ballads, intense tribal percussion, and incredible Aztec inspired costumes, community members were dazzled with the performances of over thirty local actors and twenty community musicians.
The people of Venice engage in political and monetary games for marriages, wealth, and status, eventually leading a jewish moneylender, Shylock, to become intent on deadly revenge. Mistrust and hate are tested against the quality of mercy in Shakespeare's dark comedy. Directed by Dr. Mary Snow.
This musical production took Shakespeare's most famous story and his original words and transformed into moving transcendent songs. The use of Mozart's Requiem tied this production into the ambience of The Barn, and created a truly unforgettable theatre experience. Written by William Wolfgang and Jesse Rupp.
In this early comedy by Shakespeare, male friendship is tested against the allure of romantic relations with unattainable women. With bands of outlaws and unexpected twists, this production directed by William Wolfgang featured two canine cast members as well.
In this comedy, a team of four superheroes are faced a mad German scientist bent on developing a mind controlling virus, and even more dangerous, the ghosts of their past. OrangeMite's original musical production was written by William Wolfgang and Jesse Rupp.
Directed by Claire Bleecker, OrangeMite's production of this odd Shakespearean tale, gives us an intriguing perspective on the allure of wealth, and paints a clear picture of the poison money truly is.
Seeking the prestige of academic enlightenment, The King of Navarre and three of his closest friends make a pact to forswear all the pleasures of life, including women, for three years of intense study. When the beautiful Princess of France arrives on their doorstep with an entourage of lovely ladies, the lords quickly decide some vows should be broken. Seeking the prestige of academic enlightenment, The King of Navarre and three of his closest friends make a pact to forswear all the pleasures of life, including women, for three years of intense study. When the beautiful Princess of France arrives on their doorstep with an entourage of lovely ladies, the lords quickly decide some vows should be broken.
In one of the most famous plays of all time, William Shakespeare leaves the realm of reality and enters a world of fairies, mystical transformations, and lovers that are anything but star-crossed. This production was directed by Emilie Thornton.
The town of Bullingbrook has had relative peace for several months. There have been no bandits, outlaws, or Indians. When Hotspur, the son of an influential townsperson, takes the law into his own hands, Bullingbrook’s sickly mayor realizes that something must be done. Soon Mayor Henry Forth is facing a band of outlaws the likes of which no Western town has ever seen. With its sheriff and deputies away hunting bandits, Bullingbrook falls into crime and indulgence. Mayor Forth tries to reconcile with his estranged son, Hal, before he and his town succumb to two very different illnesses.
In the town of Verona, plagued by a dangerous vendetta, two young lovers risk everything to be together against the wishes of their embattled families. Directed by Megan Kitzmiller.
When the renowned general, Titus Andronicus, returns home from years of defending the Roman Empire from the martial Goths, he sets in motion a deadly chain of events culminating in a tragedy of epic, culinary proportions. Directed by William Wolfgang.
Viola and her twin brother, Sebastian, are shipwrecked off of the coast of Illyria. Devastated from her loss, Viola disguises herself as a boy to stay safe in the unfamiliar land; in doing so she comes into the service of a lovesick duke. Things begin to go awry when, unknown to Viola, her brother reappears and falls in love with the very woman she was wooing behalf of her hapless lord. Directed by Dr. Mary Snow.
King John goes to war with France to hold on to his uneasy claim to the throne. Not being the true heir to the English Throne, John captures Prince Arthur, his older brother’s son, and locks him away in a tower. John is soon faced with the vanity of his efforts, as his kingdom and his mind begin to crumble. Directed by William Wolfgang.
In May 2015, Shakespeare’s neglected masterpiece took OrangeMite audiences to a world occupied by ghosts, gods, and other supernatural beings. Cymbeline has defied classification for hundreds of years mystifying both scholars and critics alike, and OrangeMite’s emotional production filled with dark comedy was no exception. Infused with motives from Frédéric Chopin’s piano works, the tangled stories of loss and remarkable reconciliation become poignantly transcendent. Directed by William Wolfgang.
Shakespeare’s account of one of England’s most famous kings provided an exciting opening performance for the Dover Youth Shakespeare Academy in July of 2015. Henry V tells the story of a charismatic leader who unites all of his people under unwavering leadership. King Henry has the goal of conquering all of France, something he considers to be his birthright. This energizing and comical version of one of Shakespeare’s greatest war stories was the first theatrical performance for many young actors.