Kentucky Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Hello everybody! Today we went to see Kentucky Shakespeare’s second annual Shakespeare in the Parks Tour at Iroquois Amphitheatre. This year they are showing Macbeth. It was spectacular!!!!!!!!!!

This is a short summary of the beginning of the play. Macbeth and Banquo were coming home from a battle victorious when 3 witches appeared, the first addressed Macbeth as Thane of Glamis, which he was, the 2nd called him Thane of Cawdor, which he was not, and the last one referred to him as King of Scotland which King Duncan was. Finally the witches said to Banquo that he will not be king but his sons will. Another thane then meets Macbeth and Banquo and tells Macbeth that King Duncan has made him Thane of Cawdor.

One of our favorite scenes was the witch scene because it was an important part of the play. Their “prophecy” is what makes everything else happen. Without it, Macbeth would have only been Thane of Cawdor and not had the ambition to be king. The witches were also spooky. The way the witches moved and the eerie lighting made it even creepier. Another of our favorite scenes was the sword fighting scene between Macduff and Macbeth. We heard a punch that sounded very realistic. It sounded as if it really hurt.

Our favorite props were the cylinders because they had so many uses. They were hollow so they had lots of space to put in other props. Of course the cylinders themselves were props or were combined with other items to make very large props, like the cauldron.

One of our favorite characters was Macduff, played by Jeremy Sapp, because he was brave and adventurous. Although he ran away at one point, he made up for it by dueling with Macbeth. Another favorite character was Macbeth, played by Jon Patrick O’Brien, because he was smart and brave. His wit added to his muscle. He was really good in the sword fight scene because he was always getting back up until it was over. Finally he’s Macbeth so what’s not to love? We also really liked when Lady Macbeth, played by Abigail Bailey Maupin, was wandering around in her sleep trying to get the blood off of her hands. It was really creepy even as it showed she was feeling remorse for her actions.

This was a really good show and we hope you come see it at one (or more!) of the 17 other park locations, 2 of them in Indiana. See the Kentucky Shakespeare website for the schedule. The full version of Macbeth will be part of this summer’s Shakespeare Festival in Central Park July 2nd through July 26th. The summer season starts with the Tempest on June 3rd, and we are so excited we can hardly wait!

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Turtle and Moose

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Kentucky Shakespeare’s The Tempest

     Yesterday we went to see The Tempest performed by Kentucky Shakespeare at the Main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library. It was an awesome two-actor play. Our favorite characters were Caliban, Stephano, Ariel, and Prospero. We liked Caliban because he was grumpy when he objected to Prospero making him do stuff and Caliban refused because he was a slave who did not like doing all the work but he didn’t want to be pinched. We liked Stephano because he said funny things and tripped and fell. Ariel was great because he is mysterious and loyal and we thought it was really funny when he was bowing down to Prospero. Finally, we liked Prospero because he was a wizard and that automatically makes him awesome. Prospero also made everyone happy in the end. Our favorite scene was when Caliban was hiding and Stephano gave him a drink of wine and Caliban got so happy that he let Stephano make him his servant. Here is a short summery of the beginning of the play. Prospero and Miranda were on an island because Prospero used to be a duke and his brother Antonio kicked Prospero out. He stranded Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, on an island for 12 years. A boat with Antonio and the evil king of Naples comes near the island and Prospero makes a storm to make the boat crash but everyone comes out alive. Will Antonio be punished for his deeds? This is a great play that we think you should go and see at any of the 17 other library locations – see www.lfpl.org/shakespeare/ for the schedule. The complete version of The Tempest is showing in Central Park for beginning of the Shakespeare in the Park season starting June 3rd. Also, check Kentucky Shakespeare’s website to see if the 90-minute version “that Scottish play” is coming to a park near you. We are so excited that Kentucky Shakespeare is coming early to libraries and parks.

Moose and Turtle