By Josh Wilson
The play put on by our school this past weekend was an interesting take on a classic Shakespearean play, Hamlet. Hamlet is about a crazy prince of Denmark who is trying to take revenge on his Uncle.
Directed by our very own Meghan Astrachan, the play took on a form of experimental theatre as the audience moved through an array of rooms during the viewing experience. This was partially to cope with the construction being done around the PAC during the month of October, but the creativity was a perfect fit for this cast, enhancing the play further. Starting in the gym on the 3rd floor, David Siklos, a 12th grader, took on the role of Hamlet masterfully as he delivered an intense monologue to set the dark tone of the play. As the play continues, comedic relief is interweaved fantastically through the supporting cast, making the audience, and most specifically our beloved English teacher Ileana Jimenez, laugh uncontrollably at times. Two actresses specifically that delivered this comedic relief seemingly with ease were Dylan Corn and Rehana Hirji. They used unordinary, New Jersey sounding accents that when juxtaposed to Shakespearean language really sped up the pace of the play
Then came the first migration of the audience. Depending on what ticket you bought you would go to a certain room in the school where a set of characters would showcase their acting talents. In the each of the small rooms the same information was given to the audience, so everyone can follow the story line. There were four types of tickets. A jack, a queen, a king, and a joker, which each represented their own room. To give insight on one of the rooms, if you had a jack on your ticket, you would have gone to the fifth floor where Hamlet was waiting for you lying on a round wooden table. Once everyone who had jacks on their tickets filled into the room and sat around the table, the monologue started as Hamlet walked on and around the table discussing his feelings toward his uncle, even interacting with the audience at times.
After this intimate part of the play the audience took an intermission and entered the newly renovated PAC soon after. The play resumed on our brand new stage as the cast delivered a memorable ending of this legendary tragedy. Through sword fighting, poisoning, and plenty of arguing, the play ended with an energy that will not be forgotten. I personally want to thank the cast, crew, and most importantly Meghan for putting on this fantastic play, and I hope the musical will bring the audience just as much pleasure when it comes around.