Venue: Pollock Stage
By Don Zolidis
Starring: Young Professionals Conservatory Students
Directed By: Michael RJ Campbell
Parental Guidance: Appropriate for Middle School Age & Up
Join STC’s School of the Arts Young Professionals Conservatory for this lightning-quick, hilarious perversion of the greatest play in the English language. This light-hearted and hilarious play looks into how far a drama club will go to preserve theatre’s age-old mantra, “The show must go on.”
To sell out, or not to sell out? Not really much of a question. After their budget is slashed, the drama club turns to Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy to raise cash, but it’s not tickets that are going to fund this year’s show: It’s sweet, sweet corporate sponsorship and mid-play commercial advertising. The sponsors demand changes in the stodgy, old script, but who cares if Shakespeare never wrote musical numbers with back-up dancers or post-apocalyptic zombie battles? He’s dead; he can’t complain. Or sue.
The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon is also part of STC’s “Annual Bard Jubilee,” which includes special events, like a sonnet writing class and competition and a panel discussion at the Sacramento Poetry Center, in honor of the “Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare.
*Note that seating in the Pollock Stage is general admission, first-come, first-served seating, at the discretion of STC House Management. Seating opens approximately one hour before the performance.
The Young Professionals Conservatory at Sacramento Theatre Company’s School of the Arts is a ten-month program for students age 12 to 18, which prepares students for a career in theatre through Master Classes and performance opportunities with professional actors, directors, and designers.