Mak Young (Hamlet), left, performs a scene with Katherine Segapeli (Queen Gertrude) during a dress rehearsal for Hamlet, which opens at Lon Morris Theater tonight. Progress photo by April Barbe

By April Barbe


But I have that within which passeth show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe.

— Hamlet, 1. 2

The Lon Morris College Theater Department will present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, beginning at 7:30 tonight at LMC.

The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The cast will return Feb. 23-25 for an encore presentation.

With passages which have trickled through the ages, Shakespeare’s tragic story of love, betrayal and death will chill audience members to the bone.

Hamlet is the son of the late King Hamlet (of Denmark), who died two months before the start of the play. After King Hamlet's death, his brother Claudius becomes king, and marries King Hamlet’s widow, Gertrude (Queen of Denmark). Young Hamlet fears that Claudius killed his own brother (Hamlet’s father) to become king of Denmark, greatly angering Hamlet.

Two officers, Marcellus and Barnardo, summon Hamlet’s friend Horatio, and later Hamlet himself to see the late King Hamlet’s ghost appear at midnight. The ghost tells Hamlet privately that Claudius had indeed murdered King Hamlet by pouring poison in his ear. Hamlet is further enraged and plots of how to revenge his father’s death.

Hamlet is directed by Denise Weatherly-Green and the cast includes: Mak Young from Beaumont (Hamlet), Chase Mitchell from Dallas (King Claudius), Katherine Segapeli from San Antonio (Queen Gertrude), Aaron Diamont from Jacksonville (Old Hamlet’s Ghost, Player King), Jake Taylor (Polonius), Anastasia Jakse (Ophelia), Josh Moore (Horatio) and Jessica (Joey) Wooden (Marcellus) all from Palestine, O.T. Allen from Alto (Larertes), Kayla Bland from McKinney (Rosencrantz), Kasondra Lea-Morin Lufkin (Guildenstern), Chap Torian from Brownwood (Barnardo), John Moffett from Houston (Francisco), Tamara Draper from Henderson (Player Queen), Justen Locke from Frankston (Third Player), Alicia Hernandez from Rusk (Clown No. 1), and Grace-Nelly Tshitoko from Dallas (Clown No. 2).

The production crew includes: stage manager Quintin Lewis from Orange, sound designer Jon Nistler from San Antonio, lighting technician Derrick Fuller from Dallas, sound technician Chad Martin from Houston, house manager Tory Pearman from Alto and deck captain and special effects coordinator Heather Stofle from Alba.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and students. Group rates and special matinees are available.

For more information call the box office at 903-589-4084.


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