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Amador Valley High School Student Makes his Mark in Livermore Shakes

This is the second production for the high school intern.

The 2012 Livermore Shakespeare Festival is right around the corner. Every year, the producers of the show select one local high school student to perform alongside the plays' company.

This year, Tommy Herz, 14, of Pleasanton was chosen as an intern. Herz, a seasoned performer in his younger years, will be a freshman at Amador Valley High School in the Fall.

"I started performing when I was 8 during church. The pastor was doing a play and asked for volunteers. I came up and I loved doing it. I played an angel. I also performed in various Summer camps through San Francisco Shakes, which took place in Pleasanton," said Herz.

Besides the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, Herz has performed in numerous other plays when he was younger including, an original rewrite of Cinderella in which he played the princess' best friend —the funny bambini.

Herz has performed in several teen improv workshops, drama classes with the city of Pleasanton, and recently, as the March Hare in "Alice in Wonderland," through the Pleasanton Civic Arts Stage Company.

In the Merry Wives of Windsor, also included in the Festival, Herz plays the character Robin. 

For a 14 year-old, performing in this many plays seems like a lot. But to Herz, performing is something he loves and he makes it look so simple.

"I'm the youngest in the show. It takes me at least a couple of months to memorize my lines and it's pretty easy," said Herz.

The 2012 Livermore Shakespeare Festival began July 12 and will go through August 12 at Concannon Vineyard located at 4590 Tesla Road in Livermore.

The show's directors are Lisa Tromovich for Hamlet and Virginia Reed for Merry Wives of Windsor.

For more information on specific performance dates and times and to purchase tickets, please visit their website or contact the Administrative Director, Katie Marcel at Katie@Livermoreshakes.org.

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