One of William Shakespeare’s best known plays, “Hamlet,” is the featured fall production at Blue Mountain College.

Blue Mountain College’s Department of Fine Arts will present the one-act adaptation by Albert Pia beginning Oct. 30 with an opening matinee at 10:30 a.m. and evening performances at 7 p.m. running Oct. 31 through Nov. 2.

“This is considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, and I thought there was no better way to kick off our new bachelor of arts in theatre degree than with a great theatre standard,” said director Christi Mitchell.

A classroom and stage favorite, the tragedy depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet’s mother.

Within a fast moving hour, the audience is transported to a kingdom where despite people’s choices, God’s providence is shown, and Hamlet stands tried as an example of Christian faith and courage.

The cast includes: Isaiah Battle of Madison, Alabama as Hamlet; Joey Ellis of Durant as King Claudius; Jamie Henderson of Cleveland, Tennessee as Queen Gertrude; Declan Lowell of Seymour, Tennessee as Horatio; Nate Foster of Middleton, Tennessee as King Hamlet’s Ghost, Gravedigger and Polonius; Benjamin Mann of Jackson, Tennessee as Laertes and Player King; Addie Grace Putnam of Vaiden as Ophelia; Sharissa Smith of Cave Junction, Oregon as Player Queen, Marcellus and Lady; Margaret McCain of Aberdeen as Guildenstern, Bernardo, Carrier and Osric; Shiloh Mauney of Ripley as Rosencrantz, Messenger, Assistant and Attendant; and Savannah Christie of New Albany as Lucianus and a Player.

In addition to excellent acting, fight director Lauren Gunn has choreographed some dazzling sword fight scenes for the BMC cast.

Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior adults. For more information or reservations, contact Christi Mitchell at cmitchell@bmc.edu.

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