Dickinson County Community Theatre to perform 'Shakespeare for an Evening'

IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Five scenes from five different plays all wrapped into one night. The Dickinson County Community Theatre is bringing it all during this weekend's 'Shakespeare for an Evening.'

"It's invigorating. I actually edited Shakespeare's work to come up with the quilt of the scenes,” Show Director Mark Miller told TV6 News. “So I went to the original source and it took me several months to create the manuscript that we are using."

That manuscripts includes scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth and Hamlet.

To make the performance feel more authentic, the cast will be performing similar to how it was performed centuries ago.

"This is kind of a reader's play in which the actors are all going to have the scripts available to them,” DCCT President Rodney Kjell said. “It's going to be minimal costuming and minimal stage setting. It's going to be a lot of it left to the audience's imagination and done a lot like it was done back in Shakespeare's time."

This is the first time the group will perform Shakespeare, but they say they are up for the challenge.

"We're certainly not a professional theater, but we do take on challenges and Shakespeare is a challenge for us,” Miller said.

There will be two showings of this play on Saturday at the Braumart. The group says they're already looking for new cast members to join the community theater for their next performance in the fall.

"Dickinson County Community Theatre is always looking for new members and people will to come out and act themselves,” Kjell said. “If you don't want to act behind the scenes there's directing, working lights. If you don't know anything about it, we'll teach you."

For more information on the group you can visit https://www.dickinsoncountycommunitytheatre.org/.

For ticketing information, you can visit https://www.thebraumart.org/.

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