Pictured (L-R) is the cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Grant Reso; Cameron MacPhee; and Kyle Beaudette.
CORNWALL, Ontario - The play’s the thing for the Seaway Valley Theatre Company, now putting the final touches on its upcoming production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), written by Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
In this parody on The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, three actors, playing multiple characters, try to stage all of the Bard’s 37 plays and sonnets in 90 minutes or less, explains director, Michael Petrynka.
Each of the individual plays is stripped of “all the fat” and put down in a really condensed version so that people can get the gist of what the play is about, he said. For example, “We do Romeo and Juliet in 16 minutes.”
According to Petrynka, audience members don’t have to be a connoisseur of Shakespeare to understand or enjoy the show.
“There’s a lot of running back and forth, changing into different costumes (too many to count) coming back and playing a different character and hopefully, seamlessly, everything just molds together and people are able to follow along.”
The cast includes two newcomers to SVTC. Kyle Beaudette, who has a background in theatre from Queens University, will portray Hamlet among others, and in his debut theatrical performance, is Cameron MacPhee, getting in touch with his softer side, plays the parts of Ophelia, Gertrude and Juliette (as it would have been done in Shakespeare’s time).
Rounding out the cast is, Grant Reso, making a return to the company, plays Romeo, among others.
“They work very well as a team couldn’t ask for any better,” said Petrynka. These three guys are awesome.”
There are a few educational tidbits to help the audience understand the history and what’s going on in the time period, he said, but mostly, “it’s a romping good time.”
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) opens Friday, October 4, and runs the 5th (evening performances) 6th (matinée), as well as the 10, 11, 12 (evening performances) Tickets can be purchased through www.admission.com or at the Cornwall Civic Complex box office.
For further information visit www.svtc.ca.