It's Shakespeare. Scratch that; it's an attempt at Shakespeare.
Lakeland College Theatre kicks off a season devoted to comedy with "The Farndale New Jersey Community College Theatre Guild's Production of Macbeth The Scottish Play."
The play is set for Nov. 14-16 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Lakeland Theatre on the college's main campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students of any age. Order tickets by phone at 920-565-1536.
The fictional students in the Farndale New Jersey Community College's Theatre Guild believe themselves to be abundantly better actors than they are. They strive to do an adventurous production of Macbeth, but, with missing actors, scenery that falls down and props that sometimes work too often, Shakespeare himself might have struggled to recognize The Scottish Play.
"Sometimes, even though we try our hardest, our best intentions don't always produce a masterpiece," said Lakeland Theatre Director Charlie Krebs. "The characters in the fictitious Farndale Community College Theatre Guild are sure trying, but they might have been better off putting on ‘Our Town' instead of Shakespeare."
One of the best-known superstitions in theatre is that you're never supposed to say the word "Macbeth" in a theatre. If you do, all kinds of bad things may happen. Through a series of accidents, the dreaded word is spoken three times by mistake and, of course, disaster ensues.
Everything that can go wrong does, much to the delight of the audience.
Lakeland's production includes nine witches (instead of the usual three) who will be part of a grand musical number filled with glitz, glitter and glam.
"We're taking a trip to the Jersey Shores with this production as the students in the theatre department in the fictitious Farndale New Jersey's Community College try to produce an avant-garde production of Macbeth," Krebs said. "They're trying to think outside the box, but they were obviously a bit confused on the size of the original box."
Krebs had Lakeland cast members chewing bubble gum every night at rehearsal to practice "chewing their words" for the New Jersey dialect they'll use throughout the show.
To make matters worse, as their production of Macbeth is being adjudicated, the Theatre Guild actors are told they have to cut an hour from the show or they will be disqualified. They frantically start cutting scenes from the show, but it soon starts doing more harm than good.
The cast includes:
Witches: Ambrosia Stanbery (Ripon), April Ramirez (Chicago), Becca Elliott (Indian River), Elizabeth Plotka (Sheboygan), Jasmine Butler (Chicago), Jing Li (China), Madeline Pearson (Houston, Tex.), Miranda Miller (Green Bay), Yuge Li (China)
Macbeth: Katherine Zielsdorf (Kenosha)
Lady Macbeth: Matt Troyer (Manitowoc)
Banquo: Skyler Walkowski (Wittenberg)
Macduff: Christians Alexander (Houston, Tex.)
Lady Macduff: Sara Pfile (Sheboygan)
Duncan: Rae Siehs (Kiel)
Murderer: Ben Johnston (Brandon, Wis.)
Doctor: Heather Berry (Blaine, Minn.)
Malcolm/Fleance: Irvin Colon (Milwaukee)
Porter: Kevin Schmitz (Marinette)
Vanessa, Director: Michelle Fromm (Port Washington)
Angelina, Producer: Monica Duplessis
Mr. Abromavotiz: Zach Petrowsky (Belgium)
Stage Manager: Sara Pfile;
Costume Designer: Della Jahnke;
Director: Charlie Krebs