WAKE FOREST — Are the complete works of William Shakespeare on your life’s bucket list? You’re in the right place to get it checked off as Wake Forest High School (WFHS) drama students will present two theater works which include all of the bard’s 37 plays.
WFHS students will present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Wake Forest High School April 14-16 at 7 p.m. each night
Conceived and developed by Jeff Borgeson, Daniel Singer and Adam Long, who created The Reduced Shakespeare Company in 1988, this play is often described as "the bard meets the Marx Brothers."
The collection of wit, wisdom, and wordplay will delight and entertain Shakespeare aficionados as well as novices. The line between tragedy and comedy is thinner than linguini as the veteran actors of WFHS drama actors demonstrate when they perform "Cymbeline Taming Pericles the Merchant in the Tempest of Love as Much as You Like It for Nothing" by condensing 16 comedies into four minutes of high-energy comedy as part of a 90-minute Elizabethan tour that also includes Hamlet as a football game and "the Scottish Play" (Macbeth)as a golf match
The play is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for young children due to mature language and themes. Admission is $5 for students ages 13 and above and senior citizens and $10 for adults.
Meanwhile another group of WFHS drama students will perform a children’s version of Shakespeare’s plays with help from Jones and directed by Troupers Bri Stewart and Bradley Salyer.
Based on Evelyn Nesbitt’s Beautiful Stories by Shakespeare and Lamb’s Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb, Shakespeare and the Lamb features an abbreviated, funny and non-violent tour through Shakespeare’s plays in kid-friendly language. The play includes some mild mock battles with rubber chickens.
Shakespeare and the Lamb will run Friday April 15 at 10:30 a.m., Saturday April 16 at 2 p.m., and Friday April 28 at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $2 for elementary and middle school students and $5 for high school through senior citizens.