Plays follows childhood friends of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State Theatre and Dance will perform Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 and Nov. 7-10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in Theatre West. Tickets are $15 and $12 for senior citizens. NSU, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current I.D. Seating is limited, so advance reservations are required by calling (318) 357-4483.
What happens when the supporting role is the main character? Behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the play follows the antics of the Prince of Denmark’s two childhood best friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as they grapple with understanding their existence. This play deals with Shakespeare’s language in a delightfully humorous manner that allows today’s audience to grasp the heartache, the confusion and the plight of life on this rollercoaster of staying afloat in what can be very confusing and chaotic times.
Pia Wyatt is the director. Members of the cast are Kyle Munson of Prairieville as Rosencrantz, Rosa Campbell of Baton Rouge as Guildenstern, Madalyn Mullins of Baton Rouge as the Player. Gavin Bergeron of Houma as Alfred, Macie Barrios of New Orleans, Adleigh Denham of Baton Rouge, Sid Polezcek of Amite and Chase Crane of Livingston as Tragedians, Joey Carroll of Baton Rouge as Hamlet, Marissa Rogers of Covington as Ophelia, Emmanuel Dunn of Baton Rouge as Claudius, Bethany Lee of Baton Rouge as Gertrude, Nicholas Hebert of Larose as Polonius, Barrios, Denham, Polezcek and Crane will play Horatio, Fortinbras and the Ambassador, Jacob LeBlanc of New Orleans as a soldier and Macie Walgamotte of Slidell and Adele Hebert of Lafayette as attendants.
The stage manager is Amanda Wilburn of New Orleans with Logan Simoneaux of Thibodaux and Olivia Mosely of Alexandria as assistant stage managers. Set design is by Ellie Mandel of New Orleans with props by Alexis Mancuso of Saint Rose and costumes by Elizabeth Guy of Anacoco. Makeup is by Sydney Ryder of Deville with lights by Haley Helm of Covington and sound by Rayshaughn Armant of New Orleans.