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MHS presented I Hate Shakespeare! to a full house Dec. 4-5

Dec. 8, 2015

The bard hit the boards last week when Monticello High School presented its version of I Hate Shakespeare! Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5.

The comedy, written by Steph DeFerie, is billed as “a hilarious and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare — with a modern twist.” Its comedic plot that featured allusions to Shakespearean classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello.

Hamlet, played by senior Allision Kurthy, has taken it upon herself to convince an unhappy member of the audience (senior Ally Smith) that Shakespeare, though sometimes hard to understand, is quite relevant and interested.

Through a comic lens, the audience is entertained by Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, played by senior Stacy Andryshak, Othello, played by senior Jamie Whitbeck, Desdemona, played by senior Trisha Babcock, Macbeth, played by junior Ryan Holloran, and Juliet, played by juniors Alexis Costa and Alyssa Durbin. Puck, played by freshman Michael Abramson, even made an appearance.

The cast was rounded out with freshmen Ashley Mancroni, Michelle Bryant, and Eddie Spear, playing Banquo, Ophelia, and Romeo, respectively. Director/Advisor, Karen Collura worked alongside crew and set Designer/Advisor Laurie Kilgore for the second year to create an atmosphere of creativity and fun. The crew, lead by seniors Rachael Broder, Austin Wells, and Jessica Meyer, as well as many underclassmen, created sets and costumes which transformed our auditorium into our very own vision of Shakespeare's settings.

“The students learned during rehearsals and performances helping them present two entertaining shows to receptive and wonderful audiences,” said Collura. “Bravo to all involved!”