Kudos to Trish and John Isabella for bringing the Adirondack Shakespeare Company all the way from Schroon Lake to perform their rousing version of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the former Jammer/Red Barn in Caroga Lake on Sunday afternoon.
We enjoyed the outdoor staging that allowed the actors to move through the audience as they traversed the natural outdoor stage voicing their Elizabethan lines as if they were born to speak them. The event was free; however, a hat was passed at the end to provide continued funding for the players and to subsidize their five-hour travel costs.
The outdoor performance was interrupted by an unscheduled, but welcome, monsoon rainstorm. However, inside the partially restored building that seemed as if it was designed for such intimate fare, the dozen talented actors picked up the play without skipping a beat. The building, the theatre troupe and the more than 30 people who attended the event seemed tailor-made for each other and soon the rain was but a distant memory. (I was tempted to say Much Ado About Nothing, but we'll save that for another visit.)
Hopefully, the Isabellas will sponsor similar events in the future. It was nice to see such inspiration return to the Caroga Lake that we remember from our youth. It also was good to see the 100-year-old barn has been saved.
TOM and PATSY SUYDAM