Shakespeare Abridged performances postponed until April

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the final performances of "Shakespeare Abridged" for Feb. 29 and March 1 have been postponed until April 24-25.

By Heidi Heater, a junior from Jackson, Ky.

WILMORE, KY—Lights. Camera. Action. Seniors Clay Hassler and Mitch Colley and junior Blair Cosby present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” Feb. 28, 29 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Doddridge-Holland Theatre.

Clay Hassler performing in Godspell fall 2007.

"It’s a unique type of show, and we’re all about trying new things and being creative, so I’m excited about the possibilities," Day said. “And I’m excited for Mitch, Clay and Blair, and what they’re going to get out of it. It’s going to enhance their experience and their education.”

Hassler from Evansville, Ind. and Colley from Lexington, Ky., are co-directing and producing this play as part of a directed study, meaning they receive three hours of college credit after this production.

“I’m proud of these guys that they took the initiative to take on such a difficult piece,” said Day. “I was honored that they asked me to be part of it with them.”

According the Hassler, he and Colley decided to direct and produce this play on a trip to North Carolina for graduate school auditions last fall. “At that point we said we’re two graduating seniors, and in order to get the best out of our education, we need to direct and produce a show by ourselves,” said Hassler, an English literature and theatre and cinema performance major.

Mitch Colley

As directors of this production, which is part of the College’s mainstage season, Colley and Hassler are learning to direct actors, manage production, edit scripts, manage funds, make contacts and run the six-person crew.

“The most important thing we’re learning is how to manage and direct other people and share the art with others,” Hassler said. “It’s not just something we want to do selfishly, but something we want to get a lot of people on board with so others can enjoy it as well.”

“Shakespeare Abridged” is a compilation of William Shakespeare’s entire dramatic collection shown in about two hours. The play devotes the most detail to “Romeo and Juliet” and to “Hamlet,” with the rest of Shakespeare’s works shortened to collage format. For example, “Othello” is a rap, and football games represent Shakespeare’s history plays.

“The show is unique in that it’s the entire Shakespeare cannon condensed into one play,” Hassler said. “Since Shakespeare is the most well-known playwright, and the theatre department is performing a production of ‘Hamlet’ at the end of the semester, we felt it would be good to produce a comedy.”

Feb. 28 tickets are $3, and include a complementary Ale-8. Feb. 29 and March 1 tickets are $5. All proceeds benefit the theatre and cinema performance department.

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