Shakespeare's Psychological Thriller 'Hamlet' on Stage March 18-21
The story of "Hamlet," probably one of the best known stories in the English language, will be presented March 18 to 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. Tickets are now on sale for $15 each for adults and $10 each for youth age 18 and younger. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 or purchase online.
The play, presented by the college's Fine & Performing Arts Division, will feature a talented cast of regional actors, custom-designed period costumes, and a set built specifically for the Sprint Theater, the smaller of two theater venues at the college's arts complex.
In addition to the March 18-21 public performance nights, NWF State College students may attend dress rehearsals March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. free of charge by showing a college student ID at the door. NWF students may also request one free ticket per student ID for March 18-21 performance nights, on a space-available basis, by contacting the box office in-person.
Many Shakespearean scholars consider "Hamlet" as the first purely psychological thriller. NWF State College theater professor Clint Mahle, who will direct the show, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter in Britain and also studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and the London Globe Theatre. Mahle noted that the acting style of the college's production of "Hamlet" will be in keeping with modern tastes, but the play will feature theatrical conventions of Shakespeare's time such as minimal scenery, talking to the audience, and quick flow of entrances and exits in an attempt to give the audience a feel for how Shakespeare's theatre company might have performed the work.
The cast for "Hamlet" includes:
- Dylan Garofalo of Santa Rosa Beach as Hamlet
- Zachary Phillips of Niceville as Bernardo, First Player, Captain, and Second Clown
- Ryan Collister of Niceville as Francisco, Reynaldo, Player King, and Fortinbras
- Carla Von Kaenel of Niceville as Horatio
- Tom Mosley of Freeport as Marcellus, Mute Player, and First Clown
- Ron Altman of Niceville as the Ghost
- Bruce Collier of DeFuniak Springs as Claudius
- Bettye Keefer of Crestview as Gertrude
- Adam Guiles of Niceville as Cornelius, The Poisoner, Gentleman, and Osric
- Sheila Johnson of Crestview as Voltimand, Player Queen, Servant, and English Ambassador
- Sean Royal of Fort Walton Beach as Laertes
- Brett Huston of Niceville as Polonius
- Megan Garofalo of Santa Rosa Beach as Ophelia
- Rachel Wood of Fort Walton Beach as Rosencrantz
- Jason Mueller of Fort Walton Beach as Gildenstern