Festival Show Lineup

2021

After much planning, we are excited to present, starting Tuesday August 10 and running until Sunday, August 29, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing will be available for private and public presentation in your backyard or community. The productions are 70 minutes; they are fast, fun, and accessible, keeping the spirit of Shakespeare's words and stories alive. These unique, lovingly told renditions will be enjoyed by everyone from the occasional to the well-read Shakespeare fan. 

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Macbeth

By William Shakespeare, Adapted by Kerry Frampton

A dagger-sharp cast take down Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in a boiling hell-broth of comedy, tragedy, physical theatre and song. Set in a post apocalyptic world, three women are searching for the next great leader and wind up telling a tale of ambition, betrayal, murder and manipulation. 

Macbeth and Banquo, Generals in the service of King Duncan, are returning victorious from battle when they are hailed by three witches who prophesize that Macbeth will first become Thane of Cawdor, and then King of Scotland. The first part of the prophecy is soon fulfilled when Duncan rewards Macbeth’s loyal service: encouraged by this, and playing on her husband’s ambition, Lady Macbeth persuades him to murder Duncan while he is a guest at their castle. Malcolm, Duncan’s son and heir, flees to England for safety. 

Macbeth, now King of Scotland, has Banquo murdered in an attempt to secure his own position. Soon after, Banquo’s ghost appears to Macbeth at a banquet. Macbeth visits the witches again, and they warn him to beware of Macduff, a noble who has also fled to England. The witches also assure Macbeth that he cannot be harmed by any man who is “born of woman.” Macbeth orders the murder of Macduff’s wife and children. 

In England, Macduff and Malcolm raise an army and march against Macbeth but he, armed with the witches’ prophecy, believes himself to be invincible. As his enemies draw nearer, Macbeth learns that his wife is dead and, despite the witches’ words, he is killed by Macduff. Malcolm is then crowned King of Scotland. 

 

Much ado about nothing

By William Shakespeare, Adapted by David Horak

Five actors come back together after a world-wide pandemic has shut down all the theatres to perform 20 roles in a whirlwind race, weaving wit, romance and comedy. One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies proves that love conquers all, but not without a few fights along the way!

After a successful battle, Don Pedro visits Leonato, with his officers Benedick and Claudio. Leonato invites Don Pedro and his men to holiday with them for a month. Claudio falls in love with Leonato’s daughter Hero, and Benedick engages in a contentious relationship with Beatrice, Leonato’s niece. Don Pedro offers to help win Hero for his friend by disguising himself as Claudio and wooing Hero at a masked ball, then arranges the marriage with Leonato. Don Pedro also enlists the support of Leonato, Claudio, Hero, and her maidservants, Ursula and Margaret, in a sporting effort to get Beatrice and Benedick to stop bickering and fall in love. 

Don John’s animosity towards his brother fuels him to plot against Don Pedro and foil all the marriage plans. He hires Borachio to be seen making love to Margaret, who has unwittingly been set up to be mistaken for Hero. After seeing Borachio and Margaret at Hero’s bedroom window, Claudio rejects

Hero at the altar. Leonato threatens to disown his daughter, but Friar Francis convinces him that Hero has been slandered, and hatches a plot to catch the guilty party: Hero must be hidden away and Leonato must announce to the world that she died from grief after being so falsely accused. 

A drunken Borachio brags to Constable Dogberry that Don John paid him to slander Hero. The bumbling Dogberry arrest Borachio and make his confession known, thus restoring Hero’s reputation. Meanwhile, Beatrice has implored Benedick to exonerate Hero by killing Claudio. Benedick challenges him to a duel. Hearing of Hero’s death, Claudio begs Leonato’s forgiveness, and agrees to marry one of Leonato’s nieces in Hero’s place. 

At the altar, a veiled Hero reveals herself to Claudio and forgives him. Benedick asks for Beatrice’s hand and both couples head to the church to be united, but news arrives that Don John has been caught and brought back to stand judgment. Benedick decides his fate should wait until morning, as partying and dancing must take priority! 

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