HHS brings Shakespeare’s Hamlet to life

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Dubbed the greatest play ever written, Hamlet was a hit at Hillcrest. Hillcrest’s four-time state and national champion theatre department put on a fantastic interpretation of the well known and loved classic Shakespearean tragedy.

Over the course of the three showings of Hamlet, thousands of people saw the show.

Savannah Pursglove said, “It meant a lot to have so many people supporting this show. We put so much work into it and were glad to have so many people there to watch it.”

Something unique to Hillcrest’s rendition of the show was that they used female actresses for some of the originally male roles. These characters were Polonious and Rosencrantz.

There were pros and cons to this approach, but Lindsay Kenner, who played Rosencrantz- a male character in the text said, “Playing Rosencrantz was interesting because my character is almost always portrayed by a male. I felt really lucky to be a woman and add more female influence to the production.”

Many people find Shakespeare’s work boring or hard to understand, but Hillcrest did a fantastic job keeping it entertaining and clear to the audience.

The director, Mr. Joshua Long chose to take a more modern approach to the play, incorporating elements from the modern day to make it more fun and exciting for the audience. For example, they portrayed the college students as partying, playing beer pong, and training in boxing. Luke Morley, who played Laertes, said, “It was fun to show people through my character that Shakespeare really is relatable.”

All in all, Hamlet was a great night of entertainment performed by talented Hillcrest students The PawPrint gives it 5 paws!

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