The curtain falls on ‘Hamlet’

Mar 12, 2015

Six weeks and five performances later “Hamlet” is finally laid to rest.

Newman University Director of Theater Mark Mannette spent the last six weeks directing students in the Shakespeare play “Hamlet.” After all five performances including a shortened matinee, the play had 378 attendees.

Mannette said he is proud of the students’ performances. He would like to send a thank you to Justin Ralph (Hamlet), Wes Williams (Claudius), Mark Carlson (Polonius), CL Smet (Gertrude) and Rusty Carbaugh (Ophelia) as well as his stage manager Mary White and Assistant Director Alison Byrne. Ralph, a junior at Newman, said the experience of playing Hamlet was, “A once in a lifetime, amazing learning experience that was beyond compare to any other theatre experience I’ve had so far.”

When asked how he thought the play was received by everyone Mannette said, “I heard many positive comments.” He believes the students did well and told the story in a clear way. Ralph also believed the play went very well; each night there was a standing ovation, which surprised him. The play was an experience for all involved in it. When asked about how the play affected him Ralph said, “It taught me a lot about myself as a person, an actor, and my progress as a performer. Nobody should be afraid of Shakespeare.”

Below is a gallery of photos from the play.