The play in pictures – a mix of photos from the morning’s dress rehearsal and the final show:
– Young Co. for Teens –
L-R: 3 Lords, Laertes, Ophelia, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet. King Claudius: “Though yet of Hamlet, our dear brother’s death, the memory be green…”
Horatio tells his good friend, Hamlet, about a Ghost: “A figure like your father, armed at point exactly, appears…”
L-R: Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia. Polonius blesses his son before his son leaves for France.
L-R: Polonius and his daughter, Ophelia. Ophelia: [Hamlet] hath, my lord, of late made many tenders of his affection to me.”
L-R: Marcellus, Hamlet, Horatio see the Ghost and jump back. Hamlet: “Angels and ministers of grace defend us!”
L-R: Ghost of Hamlet Senior, Horatio, Hamlet, Marcellus – a photo taken from the balcony earlier in the week.
The Ghost of Hamlet Senior speaks to Hamlet: “I am thy father’s spirit…If thou didst ever thy dear father love, revenge his foul and most unnatural murder.” Hamlet feigns madness to seek out the truth.
L-R: Polonius and Ophelia, who describes her frightful encounter with Hamlet.
L-R: Guildenstern, Rosencrantz, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude. The King and Queen ask the two to find the cause of Hamlet’s madness.
L-R: Queen Gertrude, Polonius, King Claudius. Polonius reads Hamlet’s love letter, believing love to be the cause of Hamlet’s madness.
Hamlet “reads.” Note the orientation of the book.
L-R: Hamlet, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern. Hamlet knows his friends are reporting to the King: “I am but mad north-north-west…I know a hawk from a hand-saw.”
The Players arrive. Hamlet will have them act “The Murder of Gonzago,” a story that mirrors the murder of Hamlet Senior. He wants to see King Claudius’ reaction – to “catch his conscience.”
Hamlet: “To be, or not to be, that is the question…”
Ophelia is shaken; Hamlet suspects that her father, Polonius, is spying: “Let the doors be shut upon him…”
L-R: Players, Hamlet, Horatio. Hamlet: “There is a play to-night before the king…Observe mine uncle…”
L-R: Guildenstern and Rosencrantz watch “The Murder of Gonzago” – Hamlet’s “mouse-trap.” The play within the play was filmed and shown on screen.
L-R: Players, Hamlet, Guildenstern, Rosencrantz. Hamlet: “Do you think I am easier to be play’d on than a pipe?”
L-R: King Claudius and Hamlet. Hamlet: “Now might I do it pat, now he is praying…”
Queen Gertrude tells King Claudius that Hamlet has killed Polonius (his death scene was on film).
Ophelia unravels after her father’s death, descends into madness and sings: “He is dead and gone, lady…”
L-R: Laertes, Queen Gertrude, King Claudius. Laertes: “Where is my father?…How came he dead?”
Ophelia: “And in his grave rain’d many a tear…”
Laertes: “Dear maid, kind sister, sweet Ophelia!”
King Claudius and Laertes plot revenge against Halmet. The King will set up a duel, through which Laertes can kill Hamlet. King Claudius: “Revenge should have no bounds.”
Ophelia has drowned. Laertes: “I have a speech of fire, but this folly douts it.”
L-R: Clown and Hamlet. Hamlet: “Whose grave’s this, sirrah?”
Hamlet: “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio…”
Laertes and Hamlet grapple in Ophelia’s grave, as other rush to intervene.
L-R: Attendants, Laertes, King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet, Attendant, Horatio. Hamlet: “I loved Ophelia: forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum.”
L-R: Hamlet and Osric, who presents the wager.
L-R: Laertes, King Claudius, Hamlet.
L-R: Laertes and Osric. Laertes chooses a “sword unbated” anointed “with contagion.”
Osric presents the foils to Hamlet, as King Claudius stands by.
King Claudius announces the wager.
L-R: Queen Gertrude, Osric, Hamlet, Lord, Horatio. Queen Gertrude offers Hamlet a drink which, unbeknownst to her, is poisoned. Hamlet refuses…and Gertrude drinks it.
Osric: “Nothing, neither way.”
Centre: Osric tends to the wounded Laertes. Right: Queen Gertrude collapses in Hamlet’s arms. Hamlet, too, is near death. Queen Gertrude: “The drink, the drink! I am poison’d.”
Hamlet poisons King Claudius: “Thou incestuous, murderous, damned Dane, drink off this potion…”
Hamlet dies in Horatio’s arms.
Horatio (far right): “Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”
The cast and directing team!
Joe, Director & Filmmaker
Sabio, Assistant Director
Gabriella, Assistant Director, Kids’ Camp
Isabelle, Summer Student