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A director’s vision

Shakespeare’s plays can be interpreted in many different ways, but how they are executed is usually up to the director

August 12, 2011
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - In the last decade, the Marshall Area Stage Company has performed Shakespeare shows with costumes that represent the 1930s or having the actors to wear certain colors to distinguish the Montagues and the Capulets in "Romeo and Juliet,"?among other ideas.

The Marshall Area Stage Company is presenting "Macbeth" at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 19-20 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Liberty Park bandshell in Marshall. This will be the 10th anniversary of MASC performing Shakespeare in the Park.

Directors have different approaches to tackling a Shakespeare play. Marcie Anderson, who is directing MASC's upcoming version, said when you read through "Macbeth,"?you notice the technical aspects of the show.

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Marcie Anderson, right, assists Justin Helmer with a scene from the Marshall Area Stage Company’s upcoming production of “Macbeth” in which Helmer plays the title role.

"The things they were doing was scary, so it's like the horror movie of the day," Anderson said. "When you think of it, witches are vanishing, there's ghosts. It's spooky."

And today's movies have so many special effects to create a sense of horror, Anderson said.

"It's hard to get people scared in live theater," she said.

So Anderson and her actors want to recreate that scary feeling with the upcoming production of "Macbeth," one of Shakespeare's more tragic plays.

"I'm relying on the actors and their ability to use their voices and make it believable so people are spooked out," Anderson said. "That's the intention of the show."

For example, the witches first appear to the sound of thunder and drums. There's also a battle as well as the deaths of some characters.

"Macbeth, he kills a lot of people and gets a position of power," Anderson said.

Macbeth then meets the witches that predict his future, Anderson said, and he goes through a journey of what they told him.

The witches represent the three fates, referring to mythological goddesses.

"I've been trying to play with that idea that they're controlling (Macbeth's and everyone's) fate in the show," Anderson said. "They're always around to make sure things go (the way they said). So they're playing with the threads of everyone's lives in the show."

Anderson is also really excited that Justin Helmer is able to portray the title character in his last show with MASC before he moves from the area. She said he was the one who got her into MASC when he cast her in "Romeo and Juliet." She has since directed the last two Shakespeare shows.

"I hope this is a good sendoff for him,"?she said.

She also hopes everyone else involved enjoys MASC's version of "Macbeth"?as well.

"Everyone is just so much fun to work with, (I hope) everyone is getting the best experience they can - actors and the audience," Anderson said.



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