SPRINGVILLE—Springville Center for the Arts will be presenting a unique approach to Shakespeare with their upcoming performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at the Carol Mongerson Theater, located at 37 N. Buffalo St. Performance will be Feb. 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 23 at 11 a.m.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will showcase 37 Shakespearean works within a 97 minute performance, but in a different and more comical fashion. Everything from Titus Andronicus as a cooking show to a rap version of Othello and other scenes related to famous Shakespeare plays including “Macbeth,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Hamlet” and more.
“It’s a Shakespearean farce … there are some areas where it is true to form and other areas where it is not so true to form,” Director Mike Kowal said. “If you like Monty Python type humor, you will like this or if you like Saturday Night Live skits, especially the early ones, that same style is involved in this.”
With the actors improvising lines on the spot and using audience participation, each performance will be different, while still showcasing all of the Shakespearean works in a variety of ways.
“People will enjoy the unexpected humor and the things coming out of left field,” Kowal said.
The performance will be put on by three local actors – Cory Golabek, Justin Chortie and Tim Musial – who all have a mix of experience in acting and improv comedy and will take on the task of playing all the roles in the show. With over 83 costume and prop changes throughout the show, Kowal said the performance will be fast paced and keep the audience on their toes as the show moves through the different works of Shakespeare.
“It’s coming together very, very well. The actors are very creative, they play around with the dialogue a little bit, much more than most plays,” Kowal said. “We have a nice mix of veteran improv performers, a Shakespearean actor … they are bringing different skill sets in and each of those actors have a phenomenal resume.”
Tickets will be $12 general admission and $10 for seniors and students.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.springvillearts.org or call 592-9038.