The St. James’ Episcopal School Performing Arts Program presented a one-night engagement of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, adapted for St. James’ by director John Staley, performed in the sanctuary of St. James’ Episcopal Church on May 27, 2015.
Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father’s funeral and his mother’s wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle murdered his father. In one of the most complicated and most interesting plots in all of literature, he manages to feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the prime minister, love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on his uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's.
Produced by Joe Davidson and Beth Kawaja. Director: John Staley. Musical Director: Thomas Shepard. Choreographer: Liz Vacco. Assistant Choreographer: Liz Clark. Costume Designer: Katy Sena.
With thanks to the parents of Quinn and Rex Rath – Jody Rath and Shannon McIntosh – for producing the video of this show.
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