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Theaco puts a unique twist on Hamlet

On Friday, December 8, the seniors apart of Theaco put on a self-written play that put an unusual twist on the classic Hamlet.

The play opened with the characters performing a dress rehearsal of the first scene of Hamlet, but then took a turn for the worse. The set was experiencing “tech probs,” as the snow storm caused the power and utilities to turn off. “Random” audience members then offered to come and join them behind stage to fix the problems, only to find themselves then trapped in the mess along with the set members.

The alarming storm triggered the subsequent chain of misfortune, as each character was locked in the theater with limited food, water and no heat or power.

When the power went out is when the secrets and conflicts arose. A love triangle formed between long lost friends and an unworthy boyfriend. Two strangers who would have never met otherwise were grateful as they discovered their newly found fondness for each other, while this overenthusiastic stranger clung desperately on to one of the Hamlet cast actresses. The problems only became worse and worse as the night progressed. The “director” of Hamlet constantly lost her belongings, while a “freshman” endured the snow throughout the night to gain admiration by the upperclassmen by fixing the power.

Despite the drama that was happening around them, the group eventually found themselves wrapped in blankets and sharing some of their deepest secrets with each other. Some showed signs of gratefulness as the friendships, bonds and new found loves would’ve never happened without the storm locking them in.

Considering this play is student written and directed, the overall quality was good. It captured numerous different genres such as romance, drama and suspense, making it difficult for the audience to be bored.

The characters sitting in a circle sharing secrets.

The characters sitting in a circle sharing secrets.

 

Seniors Grant Bowman and Ashby Bell acting in Hamlet.

Seniors Grant Bowman and Ashby Bell acting in Hamlet.

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