Clear Creek Troupe production of Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives’ promises Elizabethan diversions

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Two Bay Area best friends play bosom pals in a new production of William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” making the July 15-24 show even more joyful, director Aprille Meek says.

League City’s Angela Case and Friendswood’s C. Alane Johnson portray the show’s “happy wives,” Meek said.

“Their relationship really builds the fun with the characters and made rehearsals a lot of fun,” she said of the show, which the Clear Creek Community Theater presents at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

“Angela and I have been best friends for over 30 years,” said Johnson, whose character is Mistress Ford, while Case is cast as Mistress Page opposite Sean DeFlora as the lusty Falstaff.

“Angela and I are a lot like our characters in that she likes to laugh and play harmless pranks on people and her character is the main instigator of the antics the merry wives play on Falstaff,” Johnson said.

“I’m more reserved, like Mistress Ford, but Angela has always been someone I can turn to for advice, as Mistress Ford is looking for Mistress Page for,” Johnson added.

What: “The Merry Women of Windsor” by William Shakespeare

Where: The Clear Creek Community Theater production is at the Bayou Theater on the University of Houston-Clear Lake campus, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston 77058

When: 8 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday from July 15 to 24

Admission: $10-$20

Information: 281-283-7600; clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com


Case and Johnson met in 1988 during a college acting class.

“We just clicked,” Johnson said. “We were roommates for many years and worked together at Six Flags AstroWorld and Space Center Houston. We’ve been through marriages and child births, and we’ve always lived within five to 20 miles of each other.

Case’s daughter, Tia Case, 16, of League City, used to babysit Johnson’s granddaughter, Saphira Trahan, 9, of Friendswood, and they share the stage in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ as villagers and fairies.

Besides keeping things in the family, siblings Theresa and Sebastian Brown play sister and brother Anne Page and William Page, Meek said.

In trying to play roles around summer vacation, the director has “doubled” some roles, meaning one person plays two roles on the show.

“The most interesting combination of this is Louis Provensano, who plays both Dr Cauis, a Frenchman, and Reverend Hugh Evans, a Welshman,” Meek said. “The trick here is that Dr Caius and Sir Hugh interact with each other. You’ll have to come see the play to understand how we do that.

Rounding out the cast are Steven Sarp, Ismael Martinez, Jordyn Paul, Katie Reed, Priscilla Anderson, Paula Hollis and Del Rocknie.

Meek called the show “Shakespeare in the summer in the air conditioning”.

CTCC volunteer Kathleen Richardson added that she was looking for people to be ushers and sell claims.

“Get out of the summer heat for a few hours and see the show for free. All the jobs are very easy and training is offered,” she said. For more information, email him at [email protected]


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