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New Ulm High School presents: The Haunting of Will Shakespeare

November 13, 2011
By Jeremy Behnke - Sports Editor , The Journal

NEW ULM - New Ulm High School presents "The Haunting of Will Shakespeare" on November 18,19 and 20th at the District Administrative Center at 15 North State Street.

The play is under the direction of Wendy Tuttle, who enjoyed watching the actors have an opportunity to create characters from literature that is often spoken but seldom read.

Although the title of the play suggests otherwise, Tuttle said the play is actually a comedy and is a fun way to see some of Shakespeare's characters. It's described as a light-hearted idea of how Will may have been inspired to write.

Article Photos

Front of stage from left: Mikyla Denney, Kate Denney, Jacob Hlavsa, Kyrie Sellnow, Ben Rieke, Kelsey Neigebauer, Bridget Forst, Leslie Wiltscheck, Meia Kjellberg and Zach Holmquist.
Back of stage: Emma Todd, Marissa Johnson, Abigail Mathews, Taylor Tambornino, April Miller, Silas Sellnow, Emma Vranich, Colton Eckstrand, Samantha Lang and Clay Sletta.

For those planning on attending, cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. The play will run at 7 p.m. November 18 and 19 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 20.

The story of the play is about a young Will Shakespeare, who has a fanciful encounter in the woods outside of Statford. In the space of one night, he finds himself chased by a young maiden, haunted by witches, bedazzled by spirits and enchanted by a group of rag-tag actors.

Yearning to be an actor in London, he is in turn stopped by all in his path. The young maiden wishes to deter him from a low, base theatrical life. The witches mean to turn him into a playwright so he can write about their escapades and free them from the woods. Turning to the spirit world, the witches summon ghostly beings to portray the characters from the plays Will has yet to write.

Fact Box

If you go...

District Administrative Center, 15 No. State Street

7 p.m. Friday, November 18,

7 p.m. Saturday, November 19,

2 p.m. Sunday, November 20,

Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students

Cast of Characters

HectateKelsey Neigebauer

PaddockLeslie Wiltscheck

GraymalkinBridget Forst

WillSilas Sellnow

HelenaMarissa Johnson

RosalindAbigail Matthews

CeliaEmma Todd

PhebeSamantha Lang

SilviusClay Sletta

HamletZach Holmquist

OliviaMikyla Denney

OpheliaMeia Kjellberg

PetruchioTaylor Tambornino

KateApril Miller

JulietKyrie Sellnow

NurseEmma Vranich

BottomColton Eckstrand

FluteBen Rieke

StarvlingJacob Hlavsa

ViolaKate Denney

In turn, these spirits cajole, abuse, amuse and involve Will in their own stories in hopes that he will write about them. It's a chance to encounter Hamlet, Juliet, Ophelia, Bottom, Kate and Petruchio in a new light and celebrate the Bard's vast body of work that inspires us today.

The sets were designed by Sheldon Rieke. Vickie Tambornino, Carolyn Todd and Barb Oberle created the costumes and Levi Wick is the student director. He is assisted by Marissa Tambornino and Jenna Britz. Gary Sassenburg is in charge of the choreography.



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