May 15, 2015 >> Backstage of Chicago Shakes’ Sense and Sensibility [VIDEO]
Hello, young lovers! The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre is all about romance this month as they debut a world premiere musical based off of Jane Austen’s intimate love story Sense and Sensibility. And at the heart of the sweet story—don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you’ve only pretended to read the book—are veteran actresses Megan McGinnis and Sharon Rietkerk.
Megan’s portrayl of the hopeless romantic Marianne and Sharon’s more straight-laced Elinor give composer Paul Gordon’s stunning score life and lyricism—and chemistry to boot! Playing the opposites-attract Dashwood sisters as they navigate the throes of love (and passion!) in the show has been an easy transformation as the two actresses have shared the stage as siblings in the past. “It’s easy playing the sister to this one,” Sharon says of working with Megan, ”And the best part? There’s no drama!”
SEE THE SISTERS GET PREPPED FOR SHOWTIME >>
We step behind the scenes of the Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater to watch the girl’s get prepped for the show. From Susan E. Mickey’s brilliantly Georgian costumes in the most romantic colors to Chicago Shakes mainstay Melissa Veal’s sweet wig and makeup design, the aesthetic of the show is as breathtaking as it is beautiful. Megan and Sharon talk backstage rituals and creating the natural beauty of the Dashwood duo.
Sense and Sensibility runs through June 14th at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier. Tickets are $48—$78 and available by calling 312.595.5600 or visiting ChicagoShakes.com.