PUBLISHED: 1:39 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Perseverance's Young Company to perform 'Two Gentlemen'
Performance dates

• 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18
• 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Cost is free-will donation at Perseverance Theatre, 914 Third Street, Douglas. For information call Perseverance Theatre at (907) 463-TIXS.

Perseverance Theatre's Young Company presents "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare Nov. 18-20.

Directed by Perseverance Theatre Education Director David Charles Goyette, the play features 10 student actors.

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona" is the story of two close friends, Valentine and Proteus, who are separated when one of them moves away, and how their friendship is tested when they find they are attracted to the same woman.

"Two Gentlemen" deals directly with issues that young people face in their lives, Goyette said.

"It is about young people going out into the world and experiencing life for the first time, and leaving home for the first time to have these great adventures," he said. "That is very similar to what these actors are experiencing in their own lives."

Young Company will eventually integrate students in all the aspects of the production process and will be completely run by young people.

"Eventually, we will have them work on the sound, the lights and the marketing."

Young Company members Emily Merli and Carly Varness have been working with costume designer Holly Rihn, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and costume intern at Perseverance Theatre for the 2005-2006 season.

Matthew Talley is the first student assistant director to work with Young Company.

Young Company, in its second year at Perseverance Theatre, exposes students to texts from the world canon.

Young Company provides young people avenues for personal expression and the opportunity to bring their expertise in theatre to a professional level.

"I want these students to have the opportunity to have professional level skills if they indeed want to have them," Goyette said.