Shakespare fans and non-fans are having fun preparing for I Hate Shakespeare.
Members of the Dalhousie Theatre Society will present the show at the Alumni Theatre March 21-23.
“It’s really, really funny,” said Joye Sears, an instructor at Dal AC who is directing the play. “Even if a person really hates Shakespeare, they will still enjoy this.
“I was holding onto it for a couple of years, waiting for the right group of students to take it on. It’s really flexible on the casting side and people take on multiple roles.”
It includes snippets connected with about 20 Shakespearian plays, and also brings in The Dating Game and the Jerry Springer Show.
One of the students taking part identifies with the title of the show.
“I’ve never been a fan of Shakespeare,” said Olivia Bickford, a veterinary technician student. “I like being able to understand what I’m reading.
“This show is fun though. I took part in a couple of theatre things before but nothing like this. It was nice finding something on campus I could take part in and have it fit into my schedule.”
Bailey Tarrant has taken part in a few productions on campus
“I’ve been acting since fourth grade and always loved theatre, but I was afraid there would be no opportunity to take part in theatre here,” said the animal science student. “Finding a theatre society here was like the cherry on top.
“A lot of times you don’t meet people outside of your faculty, so this is a great way to meet new people.”
Michael Urso is in his fourth year of the International Food Business program, but this is his first show at Dal AC. He’s accustomed to being on stage, having done improv and musical theatre in school.
“Everyone is here to have fun and it’s a very relaxing environment,” he said. “I think the show’s hilarious. I’m an armchair Shakespeare lover and I love parody.”
Sears said the theatre society offers students an artistic outlet on a science-oriented campus. She first took part in shows, as a student, in 2004, and has been involved in every production since.
I Hate Shakespeare will be staged March 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alumni Theatre.
Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and are available at MacQuarries Pharmasave, Esplanade location, or at the door.