'Macbeth' brings supernatural to life this Halloween season
October 25, 2013 10:45 AM

Footlight Players in association with Keystone Repertory Theater, both service projects of the IUP Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts, breathes life into Shakespeare’s darkest play, “Macbeth,” this Halloween season.

Inspired by FX’s “American Horror Story” and Stephen King’s “The Shining,” this rendition of Shakespeare’s darkest tale plays out in IUP’s College Lodge secluded by the woods.

Influenced by the supernatural, the corpse of Macbeth and all those caught in his tormented struggle for power are reanimated to repeat their ambitious actions “tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.”

“Macbeth” features a small cast of nine undergraduate actors from IUP’s Department of Theater of Dance performing multiple roles in this intimate re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic.

Featured are Brandon Clemens, Morgan Chase, Chantel Cumberbatch, Chelsea Kikel, Tyrone Lackey, Emily Morris, Alex Richardson, Derrick Shane and Nicole Zalack.

“Macbeth” is the first project of a new outreach program of Footlight Players, NEXT GEN Shakespeare.

Designed to create fresh, bold and accessible interpretations of Shakespeare for youth, NEXT GEN Shakespeare will perform Shakespearean productions for school and community groups in central Pennsylvania and invite student groups to participate in acting workshops.

Local high school students, various community groups and even students of various IUP classes will be seeing performances of “Macbeth” throughout its run, bringing this engaging and tragic story to life in connection with their own studies in their respective classes.

“Macbeth” has three performances open to the general public from Tuesday through Thursday at 8 p.m. in IUP’s College Lodge of the Co-op Recreational Park.

Tickets are available at the door 45 minutes before curtain: $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors and groups and $10 for I-Card holders.

This production contains sequences of darkness, horror effects, stage violence, stage blood, strobe lighting effects, use of fog machines and loud abrupt noises, and is recommended for ages 13 and older.

For additional information, call (724) 357-2965 or visit www.iup.edu/theater/krt.

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