Most students have either seen or read a play by William Shakespeare throughout their high school and college years. However, the Loras Players are inviting all Loras students to experience the works of this playwright in a different light this weekend, literally.
Written and created by director of theatre Doug Donald, “Blacklight Shakespeare” is a montage of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays performed under black light. By using black light, the Players can emphasize what actions they perform and their props through the use of color and illusion. The show was originally staged as a 16 minute production as part of the Voices from the Warehouse District art opening. It has now expanded into a full length evening of theatre.
This production includes all things Shakespeare: quotes, famous soliloquies and sword play from works such as “Macbeth”, “Hamlet”, “Henry V” and “The Taming of the Shrew.” The cast, which is comprised of 15 student actors and three crew members, utilizes over 50 masks and 60 props to achieve the effect the show is striving to achieve. The props list includes 25 swords, 18 puppets and a variety of costumes, all of which had to be specially created for use under black light.
“Blacklight Shakespeare” will be taking the stage this weekend, March 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and March 6 at 2 p.m. in St. Joseph Auditorium in Hoffmann Hall. General admission for the public is $10, and Loras affiliated admission is free. In addition to this, the Loras Players are offering free admission for all Loras students and their siblings, since the show coincides with CAB’s Siblings Weekend. The Players encourage all students, faculty, and staff to attend this weekend’s show: it is a truly unique, original production that cannot be found anywhere else.