MHS to present Shakespeare in the round

Marshalltown High School decided to put the audience on the stage for its fall play, creating a more intimate setting for the show.

MHS students will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.” at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The performance will be done “in the round” as the audience is seated on stage with the performers.

“There is a lot of audience participation, so we thought this would be a fun one to do this with,” said Rebecca Erickson, MHS teacher and director of the play.

This light-hearted take on Shakespeare will span several plays by the famous playwright.

“It’s just a funny play,” Erickson said. “We do little bits of ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Othello’ and mention a lot of the other ones.”

The cast features eight students led by sophomore Trey Quick, who plays the role of stage manager and master of ceremonies. Other cast members include Maria Aquilera, Carl Giannetto, Lily Larsen, Kailey Miller, Isabella Pedersen, Maria Oliveria Sandri and Paulino Verdinez.

Abigail Haubach serves as the student stage manager and leads the costumes and props.

Erickson said it’s overall a young cast with half of the members being in the freshman class at MHS. She said the cast will each tackle several different parts as they move from play to play.

“The kids are really doing a great job,” Erickson said. “It brings out their individual talents.”

Erickson said the two-act play will run just more than 2 hours and has some mature humor, so it’s not a play for children.

Admission to the show is $5 for adults and $3 for students kindergarten through eighth grade. Activity tickets will be honored.

Seating on the stage is limited to 100 people, but there will be overflow seating in the regular seating area of the auditorium if needed.