Arguably one of the most quoted people in the world is William Shakespeare but for many, his works are something left behind in high school reading assignments long forgotten. However, Duncan Little Theatre (DLT) is dusting off the works and bringing to them the public to spark some fun and facts for two nights under the setting sun with Shakespeare in the Park.
Derrick Miller, DLT secretary and Shakespeare in the Park director, said it has been a goal for him to do the event.
“I have been wanting to bring Shakespeare in the Park to Duncan for years, ever since joining the DLT Board,” he said. “It has been a successful program for many other communities. After some discussion, we decided to give it a try this year.”
Miller said they were doing a showcase of works not just one production.
“For our first time out, we decided to do a few selected scenes instead of doing a full Shakespeare adaptation,” he said. “We still get to perform some great moments in Shakespeare history, but we get to focus on most of the humor that is reflected, even in some of his darker plays. Additionally, because we are choosing scenes, we get to include a couple of his sonnets. I also wrote the transitions between scenes to help with the flow. The scenes we have chosen this year are from ‘Hamlet,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘MacBeth.’”
The auctions have already taken place and Miller and assistant director Beth Ann Hough are finalizing the cast list.
“We have worked on getting our fantastic cast in place,” he said. “Just about everyone is carrying multiple roles and excelling at them.”
There two free shows at 7:30 p.m. June 28 and 29 in Fuqua Park at the gazebo.