“Macbeth” gets a new twist at Waldorf College’s Smith Theatre Nov. 20-23

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Shakespeare’s classic story of prophecy and murder gets a new look on Waldorf College’s Smith Theatre stage Wednesday, Nov. 20 through Saturday, Nov. 23.

Set somewhere in the near future, the production takes place in a decaying American urban center where government structures have started to shut down and power grids have failed. “Basically, people have resorted back to tribal mentalities,” explained director and Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. David Sollish. “The monarchy is holding on to tradition while the citizens struggle to survive.”

Over the summer, Dr. Sollish adapted the script for the new staging. “I originally chose ‘Macbeth’ because it fits our student-actors’ strengths, and it’s one of the few Shakespeare pieces that has a lot of female characters.”

While Dr. Sollish designed the set, students also assisted with production. Chelsey Shreeve designed the costumes for her theatre capstone course and Syndey Hutchison created the props, while Deciembre Westbook and Phillip Koolhoven designed the lighting and the sound, respectively.

All shows start at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at seven. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and non-Waldorf students, and $2 for Waldorf students and can be reserved online at www.waldorf.edu/theatre or by calling the Waldorf Theatre box office at 641-585-8585.

The theatre season continues in February with “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Steel Magnolias” in April. For a complete list of Waldorf events, visit www.waldorf.edu/calendar.

Macbeth Cast List
Nathan Chester of Oak Park, Ill., as Macbeth
Chelsey Shreeve of Cottrellville, Mich., as Lady Macbeth
Elijah Alsop of Forest City, Iowa, as Fleance/MacDuff’s son
Deciembre Westbrook of Norfolk, Va., as Duncan/Seward
Phillip Koolhoven of Redlands, Calif., as MacDuff
Maggie Hawley of Missouri Valley, Iowa, as 1st Witch/Murderer/Caithness
Courtney Smith of Solon, Iowa, as 2nd Witch/Murderer/Caithness
Kelsey Sollish of Forest City, Iowa, as 3rd Witch/Murderer/Caithness
Dominique Forte of Skokie, Ill., as Lady MacDuff/Hecate/Donalbain/Attendant
Philip Detrick of Algona, Iowa, as Banquo/Malcolm
Rachel Lynch of Garner, Iowa, as Angus/Messenger/Servant
Sydney Hutchison of Dallas, Texas, as Lennox/Doctor
Dr. Cynthia Ryder of Forest City, Iowa, as Gentlewoman/Old Siward
Abbie Wells of Lake View, Iowa, as Ross
Lauren Schryver of Farmington, N.M., as Seyton/Sergeant