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The play's the thing ...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Emily Buchanan, as Gertrude, sobs after the death of her daughter Ophelia during a production of "Hamlet" Saturday at the Putnam County Playhouse. Local high school and middle school students took part in a theater workshop last week, and performed two different versions of the Shakespeare tragedy.
A summer youth theater workshop for local middle and high school students culminated Saturday night with the staging of two versions of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Putnam County Playhouse. A packed house was treated to a shortened, modernized take on the classic play, performed by the middle school students and a musical version performed by the high school students. Both shows were written by Caroline Good, who also directed the high schoolers' production. The middle schools students were under the direction of Keith Bodnarick.

Ophelia, as portrayed by Libby Brush, begins her descent into madness.
Elijah Brattain's Claudius kneels in prayer -- and avoids a slaying at the hands of Hamlet.
Jessica Watson portrayed Ophelia in the high school production.
Horatio, left, played by Nathan Grzesiek, studies skulls dug from a grave with Hamlet, played by Dylan Bodnarick.
Horatio, left, played by Michael Walters, promises the dying Hamlet, played by Aaron Hunter, that he will tell his story.

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I attended the performances and had a really delightful time .All of the actors were very entertaining.

The middle school actors did such an amazing job and the high schoolers were genuinely funny.

They all put in a lot of hard work. I mean, Shakespeare done in two weeks with two hours a day to learn and rehearse. WOW!!

Thanks to Kieth Bodnarick and Caroline Good, another group of young people now enjoy and understand Shakespeare.

-- Posted by paying attention on Mon, Jun 30, 2008, at 6:52 AM

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