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The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Gedden: A Comedy Spectacle at PHS

 Mason Burke practicing his lines, provided by Braewyn Brown
Mason Burke practicing his lines, provided by Braewyn Brown

At Palisade High School, the drama department is bustling with excitement over its latest production, “The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Gedden,” a comedic take on Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy that promises laughter and surprises. With a cast full of enthusiasm and creativity, the play is shaping up to be an unforgettable experience for both the performers and the audience.

Naveah Pierce, who plays Ophelia, brings a unique energy to her role. “I just started becoming really energetic and kind of obsessed,” Pierce explains, diving deep into her character’s psyche to portray Ophelia’s madness with a humorous twist. Drawn to the production for its comedic elements and the chance to participate in her first play, Pierce has found a welcoming and supportive community within the cast. “It’s a really good community and really easy to make friends,” she notes, emphasizing the inclusive and encouraging atmosphere.

Mason Burke takes on the role of Hamlet with an innovative approach inspired by the emo subculture of the early 2010s. “I decided to go for 2011 Emo,” Burke says, detailing his preparation through music and aesthetic choices to embody a modern-day Shakespearean emo. As a newcomer to the theater scene, Burke has found joy and excitement in the rehearsal process, grateful for the supportive environment and the camaraderie among the cast.

Amie Salazar faces the dual challenge of portraying both the Ghost King and Polonius, requiring her to navigate extreme mood changes, voice variations for the former, and a sarcastic yet genuine tone for the latter. Her dedication to making people laugh and her love for Shakespeare drew her to the show. “Being in a show with so many funny lines and actions has been amazing,” Salazar shares, reflecting on the memorable moments and the bonds formed during rehearsals. As her first major theatrical endeavor, the experience has been both challenging and rewarding, offering her an opportunity to grow as a performer and as a person.

“The Hamlet Thrill-Ma-Gedden” here at PHS is not just a play; it’s a testament to the power of community, creativity, and the enduring appeal of Shakespeare, reimagined for a modern audience. With its unique blend of humor, innovative character interpretations, and a cast dedicated to bringing joy and laughter to their audience, this production is set to be a highlight of the school year. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these talented young actors take the stage and breathe new life into a timeless classic.

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