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May 10, 2012

St. Elizabeth students perform ‘Hamlet’

EDMOND — William Shakespeare’s mystical and timeless words came to life once more Tuesday as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton sixth-graders took to the stage performing “Hamlet.”  

As part of the fourth-quarter English and social studies cross-curriculum study unit on the Middle Ages and Medieval times, sixth-grade students saw “Macbeth” performed live at the Oklahoma City University and then they returned to school to bring “Hamlet” to life for their parents and Seton elementary students.

The students took William Shakespeare’s longest play based on greed, guilt and self destruction and how they can consume and destroy an individual, and in four weeks performed it in 12 powerful scenes lasting only an hour on stage.

The is the 14th year a Shakespearean play has been performed by director Joan Krauss’ students.

“Each year the students are responsible for everything from writing the scenes to making new sets to designing the programs,” Krauss said.

Part of the scenery used this year was a castle wall made by four former sixth-grade students in 1999.

Krauss shared one of the students is now a film producer and other former students got their start in theater performing on the same stage where this cast was standing.

New life-sized, hand-painted Medieval figures surrounded the walls of the room setting the scene for the students’ play.

A new addition this year was microphone headsets worn by the lead actors.

Krauss told the audience the play was entirely student-driven and the students behind the scenes in many ways were more important than those on the stage as she introduced students in charge of set design, props, costumes, sound/tech and lights and scene narrators.

Julia Lyons, the trumpeter, led the royal procession and jugglers Ryan Garcia and Jack Wagner entertained the cast and crowd.

The performers included: King of Denmark, Claudius who is Hamlet’s uncle, Jace Peevy; Queen of Denmark, Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, Bridget Hatch; Prince Hamlet, Bailey Alleman; Ophelia, Annalise Dorety; Polonius, Alex Malakar; Horatio, Cullen Resolute; Laertes, Connor Trapp; and the Ghost, Ian Marino.

Other cast members included Rosencrantz, played by Kennedy Card; Guildenstern, Marian Sorrels; Marcellus, Mo Tero; Bernardo, Owen Condon; Francisco, Diego Albarran; Osric/piano, Justin Atiya; Lady-in-Waiting, Brook Tarman and Olivia Wilson; Lord, Jack Harstad and Lady, Brianna Silva; players, Kaden Allen and Jackson Morris.

Scene Narrators included Cailin Eby, D.J. Kurtenbach, Jordan Smail, Bryan Box, Reka Nagykaldi and Elissa Day.

Behind the scenes were: Sara Solomon, Lainey Hobson, Hannah Feuerborn, Keaton Van Sickle, Brandon Nalagan, Sean McCarthy, Joseph Engel, Parker Dugan, Victor Gallardo, Daniel Fortin, Connor Cunningham, Hannah Bruner, Tiffany Starr, Jack Wagner and Taylor Smail.

Assistant directors were Sarah Yanchick and Allison Metzger.

In total 46 students worked as a team to see the play come to fruition.

“Whatever the year, that year’s production is always the best,” Krauss said., “and this is something the students will always remember.”  

In the afternoon students participated in a Medieval Fair.

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