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!


Turtle and Moose


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