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Lockport High School to perform 'Macbeth'

BY: Rikki Cason | November 04, 2012

One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies will come to life on the Lockport High School stage this week.

“Macbeth” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

Director Pete D’Angelo said once every four years the school puts on a Shakespeare play.

Because students read a different Shakespeare play each year during school, he said it is important to give students the chance to also act out what they read.

“Macbeth” is part of the 11th grade curriculum and on the Regents exam, so he said it made sense to select it for the fall play. Also, being the time of year for haunts and Halloween, the play is very relevant.

“Macbeth” tells the story of a Scottish lord who chooses evil as a way to fulfill his ambition for power. The play is very dark and will feature a coven of witches, murder, mayhem and a lot of action.

There are 34 students in the cast.

“They’ve done exceptionally well,” said D’Angelo.

To bring the battle scenes to life, Buffalo fight choreographer Steve Vaughn taught stage combat to the actors. At the beginning of the play, there will be a full cast battle scene.

“It’s very action packed and very exciting,” said D’Angelo.

He said there are also a lot of themes that are relevant today, such as backstabbing, anxiety, backroom dealings and politics.

Senior Raegene Oliver will play the role of Lady Macbeth. She was excited to tackle Shakespeare and play a powerful and dark role.

She said she read “Macbeth” last year in school and likes the “darkness of it.” Lady Macbeth was one of her favorite characters.

“It’s really great bringing it to life,” said Oliver. “Seeing words come to life, not just reading it.”

Oliver hopes to continue to pursue her dream of acting and performing next year at college.

Senior Jake Stanley will play the title role of Macbeth. Though he had not read the play, Stanley said he now really enjoys the grim, forbidding and darkness of the story.

“The whole play will have you on the edge of your seat,” said Stanley. “It’s very action heavy.”

Stanley has been performing in every play and show he could during his middle school and high school career. Next year he plans to go to school for graphic design but also wants to continue with theater.

“I’m enjoying myself too much to stop now,” he said.

Tickets for “Macbeth” are $5 at the door or $4 in advance.

Advance tickets are available at the high school office or at www.lockportschools.org.

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