HAMLET i.e. Feminist Anarchy
Somerset County Performing Arts High School, NJ
February 2009

Adapted from William Shakespeare’s HAMLET
Conceived and Directed by Andy Arden Reese

“Our young actors benefit greatly by Andy Arden Reese’s teaching and directing.  Andy’s creativity and commitment to excellence pushes our actors into new levels of discovery in all areas of the theater.  This production of Hamlet was a wonderful example of vision.  It was wonderful to see our young actors dig deep into their souls and connect with the meaning of the words.  The show was passionate and to me that is the greatest gift we can offer our teenagers. Show them passion, commitment, and vision and you have changed the world one child at a time.”
- Sheila Buttermore, Performing Arts Department Coordinator

“It was quite extraordinary. I couldn’t imagine how it would come together given the Hamlet that we all have in our heads.  With the predominantly female cast and a set that resembled nothing I have ever seen for a Hamlet production, I was blown away. Everything about it was interesting, fascinating, intriguing.”
- Camelia Drew Slade, Creative Arts Department Associate

Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark… the very kingdom decomposing from the inside out. On its face, a New Order – a better nation, a brighter future, a superior world. No one is the wiser… until illusion and reality unequivocally smash together.  Visceral and experiential, Somerset County’s Gifted and Talented Theatre Arts Department’s production of HAMLET places girls in roles conventionally played by men and shatters any preconceived notion of “what is real.” At its heart, HAMLET is the coming of age story of a girl thrust into maturation by the death of her father and subsequently set headlong on a destructive course of avengement and retribution. Twisting and turning on an emotional roller coaster, this production of Shakespeare’s most famous play catapults the audience into the heart of darkness – into moral ambiguity, into madness, and into the consequences of “right” action. Will Hamlet’s attempt to rectify an atrocious wrong restore the world or obliterate it completely?

HAMLET - Alexandra Niedt
HORATIO - Samantha Chalek
THE GHOST - Joseph Mancuso
CLAUDIUS - Kristin Sarboukh
GERTRUDE - Suzanna Montano
POLONIUS - Gabriella Senatore
LAERTES - Emily Parker
OPHELIA - Elisa Baxter
ROSENCRANTZ - Samantha Chalek
REYNALDO - Samantha Simone
OSRIC - Julia Seibert

Artistic Staff & Production Team
Producer - Joseph Mancuso
Production Manager - Laurie Reader
Scenic Design - Michael Reese
Lighting Design - Laurie Reader
Costume Design - Catherine Allworthy
Sound Design - Paul Adams
Stage Combat Advisor - Rick Sordelet
Technical Director - Bob Graham
Production Assistant - Roger Gonzalez
Make-up Advisor - Amber Koslowski
Prop Master - Cami Slade
Marketing - Janet Cantore-Watson

SHE who is the beauty of the green earth calls unto thy soul. Arise, and come unto Her. For She is the soul of nature, who gives life to the universe; and before Her face let thine innermost divine self be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. And thou who thinkest to seek Her, know thy seeking and yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery; that if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, then thou wilt never find it without thee. For behold, She has been with thee from the beginning; and She is that which is attained at the end of desire.

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