This year marks the 26th season of the Shakespeare Club of Grafton, a group dedicated to the reading and studying of the Bard’s works. Its KickOff Meeting will be held on Monday, September 8, at 7:30 pm at the Brigham Hill Community Barn on Wheeler Road in North Grafton. Anyone interested is encouraged to come to this first meeting of the season, meet its members and look into its activities.
The Shakespeare Club of Grafton meets twice each month, usually the second and fourth Monday at 7:30 pm., from September to May. However, there is a schedule provided which includes special celebrations and winter meetings which are held on Sunday afternoons. Each year three or four plays are selected to read aloud and discuss with a “producer” taking the lead in facilitating the reading and discussion and supplying supplemental information. This year The Merchant of Venice has been selected with Gary Zelch producing. Also on tap this season is a more obscure play, Timon of Athens, to be produced by Catherine Thornton. It is customary for the season to include comedy, tragedy, history plays and sonnets to provide variety.
The members of the Shakespeare Club come from the general public, Grafton and the surrounding area, and share a common interest in and love of Shakespeare bringing to lively discussions their various backgrounds and interpretations. This year’s officers include Lauren Sheridan, President; Gary Zelch, Vice President; Linda Bent, Secretary; Steve Sardella, Treasurer; Christine Gonzalez, Casting Director; and Randi Kelly, Archivist. Learn more about the club by visiting graftonshakespeare.org.