Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Department of Theatre & Dance
April 18-21 and 25-28
John Patrick Theatre
The Kleist Center for Arts and Drama
95 East Bagley Road
Berea, Ohio 44017
Audiences will have a new opportunity to experience what is widely regarded as the greatest achievement in literary history as the Baldwin-Wallace College Department of Theatre & Dance presents Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare.This imaginative retelling of the classic Elizabethan revenge tragedy takes the stage April 18-21 and 25-28 at 7:30 p.m. and April 22 at 2 p.m. in the John Patrick Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 East Bagley Road, Berea.
You’re probably familiar with the tale. Prince Hamlet’s father has died. His girlfriend is losing touch with reality. His mother married his uncle. Norway may or may not be invading the country. And of course, there’s the ghost. Shakespeare’s taleis infinitely quotable, both heartbreaking and hilarious, and action-packed with swordplay and intrigue. In short, Hamlet is classical theatre at its best.
“The play has endured and captivated audiences for centuries not only for its universal themes, but because it is incredible storytelling,” says director Adam Heffernan. “Hamlet is part detective drama, part romance, part swashbuckling adventure, and part witty comedy. It’s almost as if Shakespeare wrote a play of his greatest hits.”
Performing the title role is Alex Syiek, a junior Music Theatre major from Huntington Beach, California last seen steering the ship in Titanic the Musical last fall at B-W. Playing his mother, Gertrude, is junior Theatre major Jillian Tighe, who was last seen as the title character in last year’s North American premiere of Miss Elizabeth Bennet at B-W. Junior Music Theatre major Nick Pankuch will portray King Claudius, and junior Theatre major Kelly Smith will play Ophelia.
Director Adam Heffernan, is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at B-W. Last season he directed the North American premiere of AA Milne’s Miss Elizabeth Bennet, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Other directing credits include Twelfth Night at Iowa State University, Fefu & her Friends at Drake University and The Real Thing at Highlands Playhouse.
Chair of The Department of Theatre and Dance and Professor Theatre, Jeff Herrmann will design lights. His scenic and lighting design credits include Rent, La Boheme, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and Titanic at Baldwin-Wallace, Hair and Dreamgirls at Cain Park, and BatBoy: The Musical and Cabaret for Great Lakes Theatre.
Costume Design is by Susanne Miller, a senior at B-W who currently works in the costume shop as a stitcher and shop foreman. Set Design is by C.J. Fore, a senior theatre major.The Assistant Director is Nathaniel Stevens, a senior year theatre major at B-W. Sound Design is by Nick Vogelpohl, a junior theatre major and business administration minor.
A series of free pre-show lectures by B-W faculty and students will take place one hour before curtain throughout the run. The talks will last approximately 25 minutes.
The schedule includes:
English professor Dr. Susan Oldrieve (April 20)
Philosophy professor Dr. Kelly Coble (April 21)
Cast member Luke Brett, discussing Shakespeare’s clowns (April 22)
Assistant director Nathaniel Stevens (April 26)
History professor Dr. Connie Evans (April 27)
Costume designer Susanne Miller (April 28)
Tickets are free for B-W faculty, staff and students, $10 for the general public, and $5 for seniors and other students. Reserve tickets by calling 440-826-2240 or stop by the box office at The Kleist Center for Art & Drama.
For more information visithttp://www.bw.edu/academics/theatre/or www.facebook.com/BWCTheatre