Azalea Park had an Elizabethan appeal Friday and Monday nights when a group of youngsters performed Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew on the parks stage.

The performance was by students in Azalea Middle School Summer Drama Camp led by Charlotte Heatherly. Heather Cavaness served as assistant director.

Heatherly said that a core group of students who performed A Midsummer Nights Dream in the spring expressed interest in performing more Shakespeare plays.

Theyve gone crazy for Shakespeare, Heatherly told the audience of some 50 people Monday afternoon.

The students have watched several Shakespeare plays and have been reading the scripts. Since summer began, Heatherly said, the youngsters have worked on The Taming of the Shrew for four weeks, four days a week, three hours a day.

This group has been so enthusiastic, they have talked about forming a youth repertory theater in the Brookings area, Heatherly said.

Shakespeares story revolves around a man who loves the younger of two sisters, but finds that in order to marry her, the older hot-tempered sister, Katherine, must get married first.

Characters scheme to get Katherine married off, causing a hilarious turn of events, that works out for everyone, including Katherine, who is tamed and even delivers a speech in praise of women submitting to their husbands.

Performing in the play were Adam Van Cleave, Nicholas Troendle, Morgan Kocher, Jacob Dougherty, Tarah Dougherty, Kaitlin Lawrence, Caley Hargrove, Justine Cuthbertson, Kevin Bigley, Frank Romero, Tiffany Stinde, Whitney Rolfe, Kelly Bigley and Daniel Rufener