If the current play at the Long Lake Theater is any indication of the quality of production of the new English/Drama teacher coming to BHS this fall, the students are in for a wild ride. â€œThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)â€ by Long, Singer and Winfield and directed by Tracy Nicole Klefsas is so well done that even a non-Shakespeare viewer will enjoy it. I can say that confidently because when we went to see it on Saturday night, the audience was still laughing on the way out.
Local actors Andy Browers, Eric Benson and Bob Boland give it their all in this zany comedy. Itâ€™s a bit out there and fast paced, after all they do all the plays in 90 minutes as well as introductions and some explanations of Shakespeareâ€™s writing styles. The audience participation part was exceptionally well planned and accomplished for everyone joined in which shows a trust between actor and audience. Each actor connected with the audience with facial expressions, adlibbing with selected people, joking with a youngster in the first row and just plain having fun with the script and each other. Backstage, Liz MacGregor, another student from BSU, kept the actors supplied with props, costumes as well as stage managing the show.
Special thanks were given in the program to Jeremiah Liend and Kirk Karstens for coaching the fight scenesâ€”the audience appreciated the skill of the actors in fencing with wows and applause. The show is wonderful, it all comes together so nicely. The final performances are this week— donâ€™t miss it! Â We had dinner at the Y Steak House just before reaching Park Rapids and from there it is only a 15 minute drive to the theater. There is also the Hilltop Inn just up the block from the theater. .
There will be a 3 p.m. matinee Aug 25 and 26. Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., Aug.26-28 at Long Lake Theater. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and group rate (15 or more) is $12.50. Go south on U.S. Highway 71 four miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto state Highway 87 and travel four miles east to Hubbard, turn right onto Hubbard County Road 6 and the theater is located about four blocks south on the left. Reservations recommended, call 218-732-0099 or www.longlaketheater.com.
BSH students who are interested in theater should definitely make the effort to see this play; not only for the content but also as a good chance to see comic timing done very well.Â Thanks Andy, Eric and Bob for an enjoyable performance that weâ€™re still laughing about and talking up to anyone who will listen.