A new take on Shakespeare’s works

Cresson Lake Playhouse to run through 37 plays in 90 minutes

Courtesy photo Hamlet, Zach Scholl, and a dinosaur scare the palace guards Steve Guice, left center, and Jake Herbster during a practice at the Cresson Lake Playhouse for the upcoming performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.”

“A raucous romp” is how Cresson Lake Playhouse director Kate Kale Wolf describes Cresson Lake Playhouse’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” that runs Aug. 30 to Sept. 8.

The three-actor cast runs through 37 of the Bard’s plays in 90 minutes.

“It’s definitely a comedy and it’s a crazy run through Shakespeare’s shows as seen through the three actors’ eyes. All play their roles in a fun, silly way and there is a lot of physical comedy,” Kale Wolf said. She previously director “Little Shop of Horrors” at Cresson Lake.

An Ebensburg native, Kale Wolf said she fell in love with this show about 13 years ago when she first directed it.

“I thought it would be a great choice for Cresson Lake’s barn theater,” Kale Wolf said.

Cast members are Stephen Michael Guice, Jake Herbster and Zach Scholl all of Altoona. Guice recently directed “Exit the King” in which he played King Berenger. Herbster recently portrayed a brother in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and Zach Scholl assisted behind the scenes on “Exit the King.”

The three characters handle Shakespeare using unique vehicles such as a cooking show, football game, and rap music.

The casting call brought out “some very good people and it was a tough choice,” Kale Wolf said. “It’s very high energy and fun. Although it is Shakespeare, it’s not at all a stuffy show or hard to understand. It’s zany and will keep the audience laughing.”

Artistic director Paul Seymour agrees and said residents shouldn’t hesitate to attend.

“It’s a very funny look at Shakespeare and the audience is very close to all the action and that is why it works so well,” Seymour said.

This show played in London where it became the longest running comedy as it played for nine years.

Staff writer Patt Keith can be reached at 949-7030.