Drama Department to present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” – 2/28-3/3 2013
The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department is proud to announce its winter production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). ‘Complete Works’ will be presented February 28, March 1, 2, at 8:00 p.m.. and Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre. Adult tickets are $10 each, and student tickets are $5 each.
All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, Join our madcap cast as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.
Reservations may be placed by calling the St. Charles Main Office at 614-252-6714 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Cast members include (Photo: Front, L-R) Finn Cleary, Maggie Turek (Grove City High School), Gabe Lawson, Alison Roth (Dublin Coffman High School). (Back, L-R) Ada Cleary (Columbus School for Girls), Nick Turadian, Nick Anderson, Dan Krajnak, Evan Ryan, Carl Mahler, Michelle Golonka (Bishop Watterson High School) and Marc Rankin.
The play was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine record-breaking years. It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages. It is notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a parody of the plays written by William Shakespeare with all of them being performed (in shortened form) during the show. The actors use their real names and play themselves rather than certain characters. The fourth wall is nonexistent in the performance with the actors speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation. The director and stage crew may also be directly involved in the performance and become characters themselves.
We look forward to seeing you at one of these performances!