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Children take on Shakespeare again

Warrenton's Act VIII, a children's theater group, presented Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on Nov.17.

"We have a full cast of 21 children ranging in age from 8 to 19, and we're thrilled to be able to perform Shakespeare tonight," said director Cindy Rivers before the play. "This is our third time performing Shakespeare. We did Romeo and Juliet a few years ago, and we have a Shakespeare camp as well."

Rivers started the children's theater when she moved to Warrenton eight years ago from Milledgeville, Ga., where she'd been involved in the community theater.

"There wasn't a children's theater in Warrenton when we moved here, so we started one," she said. "ACT stands for Area Children's Theater, and the VIII represents our eighth production."

The production featured 15-year-old Shannon Bentley in the dual roles of Viola and Cesario. Bentley's been involved in all eight of ACT's productions.

"I first found out about it in the newspaper, and I came and tried out, and found that I liked it a lot," she said. "I especially like this character, because it's a dual role, and I get to play both a guy and a girl."

This represented the second ACT production for 15-year-old Nicholas Sloan, who played the part of Sebastian.

"I had three lines in the comedy Gone With The Breeze, so this is my first major role," he said. "I especially enjoy just having the chance to pretend I'm someone else."

The production continued with their second presentation of the play on Tuesday.

ACT begins their next season Jan. 16. Anyone interested in participating should contact Rivers at (706) 465-9604 or e-mail

Web posted on Thursday, November 24, 2011

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