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Guest artist is alum David Bonde

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April 2017

This year's final Shakespeare production, Richard III, is the story of the rise to power and reign of one of England's most notorious kings, Richard III. Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by a star-studded cast. With numerous roles to cast, director Ron Clark brought in several outside artists to perform and work with SAU students. These artists include professors Dr. Cory Johnson and Nancy Hayes (English), as well as SAU alum, David Bonde '93.

When Bonde was asked by Dr. Cory Johnson to take over several roles, he was more than excited to oblige.

"There's not much I wouldn't do for her if she asked me," Bonde noted, "Cory, Kris Eitrheim, and Mike Kennedy played a significant role in my life as teachers and later as friends."

Bonde has also enjoyed working with director Ron Clark, stating that he has "learned a great deal by watching him work."

In the show, Bonde plays Catesby, one of Richard's principle counselors, and Brackenbury, Lieutenant of the Tower. The role of Catesby has been made unique by Clark, as it has been expanded to include lines from other characters. Bonde pointed out that "this change helped meet the challenges of casting such a large production with only 18 actors."

Memorizing the extra lines was one of the most challenging aspects of the show.

"Memorization seems to get harder as you get older," he remarked.

As a father of three and working full-time, having time management skills and finding a balance between responsibilities was difficult, but Bonde defends his choice to get involved with this production. "Don't think for a second that I regret coming aboard. It's nice to be home again, even if only for a short time."

Working alongside students has been a rewarding experience for Bonde. The energy and eagerness to learn that the students bring to each rehearsal has been something he really enjoys.

"The collaborative process between students, guest artists, and professors has always been my favorite part of productions," notes SAU alumni Jordan McGinnis. "Working on Richard III, has been no exception."

Bonde finds that he appreciates the small but passionate group of young professionals that make up the students involved in the production.

"They're a great group of people who seem dedicated to the work," he said. "I admire that about them."

Come see David Bonde alongside other guest artists and SAU students as we bring our year of Shakespeare to a close. Performance dates are April 20 & 21 at 7:30 P.M. and April 22 at 3 P.M. in the Galvin Fine Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in the Galvin Box Office or online.

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