Throwing the Shakespeare Right Through your Funny Bone

By Logan Guzik, junior


In the mid-November fall play, Edgewood’s Masqued Crafters compressed Shakespeare and all the plays he’s written into one irreverent, wacky masterpiece.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)”, originally created by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, was performed on Nov. 10-12 in the Edgewood High School Auditorium. The directors/producers of the play were Mr. and Mrs. Carter. The Carters have planned and participated in the creations of many theatrical productions in the past and are working hard to plan the next line of performances for the 2016-17 school year.

Their latest play “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)” was a comedy act starring the following Edgewood High School student actors: Haley Martin, Josh Harless, Noah Oliver, Roderick O’Connor, Wes Houser, Logan Clark, Mitchell Hupp, Alexis Arthur, Shanelle Hutchison, Allie Frye, Madison Temple, and Claudia Koontz.

Instead of using character names like traditional plays do, all the student actors that starred used their real names. They also kept the audience awake, participating, laughing and munching on their favorite snacks. It was a constant flow of entertainment throughout the entirety of the play.

“We had people coming up to us after the play saying they ‘laughed so hard they cried,’” Mrs. Carter said.

Junior Haley Martin who played a witch in Macbeth, the narrator in Romeo and Juliet, and the puppeteer in Hamlet, aims to attend college for acting and music performance. Martin finds acting to be “a fun escape from reality.” For those who wish to pursue acting, Martin advises to not wait until it’s too late.

“Just go for it,” Martin said.

Martin recommends attending the musical in the spring and for those interested in acting to audition.

“You might think you look stupid on stage, but everyone else thinks it’s the greatest thing ever,” Martin said.

 

Feature image by Bailey Brooks, junior

 

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