Go big or go home. This line of thinking dominates Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, this summer's free outdoor production by Shakespeare in Clark Park and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation.
For starters, Henry IV: YPM boasts several of Philly's top professionals in a standout cast of 12, with little doubling of roles. Local musical virtuoso Alex Bechtel leads a choir of eight and composed sterling thematic music that emotionally underscores many of the intrigue- and familial-driven scenes.
And then there's the army, the 100-person army that takes over and takes full use of Clark Park's natural bowl-shaped grounds during Benjamin Camp's choreographed enactment of the Battle of Shrewsbury. The fight also features several standout one-on-one sword (and axe!) melees choreographed separately by Brett Cassidy. Combined with the original songs, the battle borders on a religious fervor in its staging.