The San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre will kick off the new decade with an Academy of Creative Theatre student production of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH. Widely known as Shakespeare’s shortest and bloodiest play, this edited version of the “Scottish play” has been specifically written for students in grades 4 through 12, but the story and the tragedy remain chillingly intact.
There are evil witches right out of a dark and twisted faerie-tale; a government in the grip of war. There is prophesy, murder, descent into madness, and a thrilling sword fight at the climax of the play. The script was originally developed for the Seattle Children’s Theatre Summer Season, an acclaimed program in which student actors and theatre professionals come together to produce polished plays. The show is professionally directed and designed and the 19 young actors featured in the show (in rehearsal since October) are absolutely up to the challenge.
MACBETH runs January 10-19, 2020, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. All performances take place at SLO REP, 888 Morro Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. Tickets range in price from $17-$25 and are available at slorep.org or by calling (805) 786-2440.
About the Show
“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” – William Shakespeare
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.
MACBETH is directed by Rachel Tietz and features the talents of young student actors Phineas Peters, Penny DellaPelle, Drew Vanderweele, Evan Clausen, Maggie Zuniga, Liora Nunley, Sophia Lea, Katie Karleskint, Linnaea Marks, Kaylie Hall, Jake Anderson, Evan Collier, Alex Miller, Rhys Demarest, Lindsay Smith, Xavier Clements, London Raftery, Kyan Vanderweele and Charley Beck. Scenic Design by David Linfield, Costume Design by Grace Kitchen, Lighting and Sound Design by Amanda Johnson and Kevin Harris.