Lincoln Drama Presents Hamlet
Abraham Lincoln High School will be performing Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, November 7th through 9th. The play was adapted for Lincoln students and audiences by the director, D. LeAnn Oldenburger. Oldenburger wanted a more modern script, but still wanted to keep the Shakespearean flavor. Unsuccessful in finding something Oldenburger felt would fit that description, she decided to rewrite it herself. With the help of some students and family members, the adapted script was presented to cast members at their first read through rehearsal.
Hamlet is predominantly a student production. Oldenburger desires students to assist with all aspects of the show. Students have made costumes, built and painted the set, ran the lights and sound, and designed the poster and program. “Because this is a high school production, it is important that the students learn about what it takes to actually put on a show,” Oldenburger stated. “There is a lot more than acting and it takes a lot of people working together. This is truly a Lincoln production.” In fact, students from Ms. Brown’s class even helped with painting the set. A Lincoln band student, Seth Chronister, composed the prelude music, flourishes and marches for the show.
The set is simple with just a few different levels, a concept that maintains the feel of Shakespeare’s limited sets. The design incorporates the auditorium colors so audience members can experience being a part of the play. Shakespeare entertained all members of society from the lowest to the highest class. “There is something for everyone in Shakespeare’s script,” pronounced Oldenburger. “I hope today’s audience will agree.” Indeed, Hamlet has love intrigue, revenge and sword fighting. Plus as an added bonus, audiences will be entertained by some comical improvisation during intermissions as well as live musical prelude and flourishes from a few select Lincoln band students. Concessions will be sold before the curtain opens and during intermission. To give back to the community, the drama department will give two items from the concession stand to any person who supports Combat Hunger by donating a non-perishable item that night at the show. Tickets are $7 for general admission or $5 for students with an SAT pass. Show times are as follows: 7pm on Friday, November 7; 7pm on Saturday, November 8; and 2pm on Sunday, November 9.