Merchant of Venice

Blog submitted by John Tollett

The Ducdame Ensemble performed Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice last Friday and Saturday (August 26th & 27th) at the Santa Fe High School Performing Arts Center.

The final two performances of Merchant of Venice will be this Friday and Saturday (September 2nd & 3rd). 

Kelly Strandemo prepares backstage for her role as Portia.

Kelly Strandemo prepares backstage for her role as Portia.

Ariana Karp as Launcelet.

Ariana Karp as Launcelet.

Michael J. Connolly as Tubal.

Michael J. Connolly as Tubal.

An arrogant, tennis-playing suitor (Nicholas Koy Santillo) fails to impress Portia.

An arrogant, tennis-playing suitor (Nicholas Koy Santillo) fails to impress Portia.

A brash Texan-styled suitor (Sean Boyd) attempts to impress Portia.

A brash Texan-styled suitor (Sean Boyd) attempts to impress Portia.

BEFORE THE COURT TRIAL, Antonio (Will McKay) resigns himself to forfeiting his bond of a pound of flesh to Shylock as his friends look on.

BEFORE THE COURT TRIAL, Antonio (Will McKay) resigns himself to forfeiting his bond of a pound of flesh to Shylock as his friends look on.

Musicians (Michael J. Connolly and Ariana Karp) comfort Portia (Kelly Strandemo) as she waits for her favorite suitor, Bassanio, to solve the riddle that will win her hand in marriage.

Musicians (Michael J. Connolly and Ariana Karp) comfort Portia (Kelly Strandemo) as she waits for her favorite suitor, Bassanio, to solve the riddle that will win her hand in marriage.

Jessica (Samantha Blinn) comforts Lorenzo (Will McKay).

Jessica (Samantha Blinn) comforts Lorenzo (Will McKay).

Shylock (Sean Boyd) prepares to claim the pound of flesh that Antonio owes him.

Shylock (Sean Boyd) prepares to claim the pound of flesh that Antonio owes him.

Bassanio (Alexander Kirby) celebrates with Antonio (Will McKay) after shylock loses the court case.

Bassanio (Alexander Kirby) celebrates with Antonio (Will McKay) after shylock loses the court case.