The Worcester Shakespeare Company, www.worcestershakespearecompany.org, presents “Hamlet” at 7 p.m.tonight at Green Hill Park in Worcester, Massachusetts at the Memorial Grove Amphitheater at 50 Skyline Drive in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The play, co-directed by NYC native and playwright,Michael Burnet and producing artistic director, Mel Cobb, former theater director at Holy Cross is “cheaper entertainment for a family of four to go see than the movies,” said Burnett. Cobb and Burnett, Along with Doug Seldin, site director and assistant director, have worked hard to ready the play Hamlet and The Comedy of Errors, which have been showcasing all summer out in the open air park.
The 25 to 30 person company, including tech crew, is driven by the actors who do many of the behind the scenes preparation and striking of the sets themselves when the shows are over. And what’s more they are one of the last professional companies in Worcesterbringing culture to the area for people young and old.
“It’s very collaborative,” points out Burnet who says Worcester’s Mayor, Joseph O’Brien and the Parks Department of Worcester headed by Rob Antonelli have been very supportive of the small and vibrant company which boasts a cast of professionals and stalwart students from Clark University.
“We’ve created a partnership with Clark which we hope to see grow,” says Burnet, who also notes the show tonight will be “fun, filled with a sword fight and thought provoking scenes.”
Burnet has been working on the production since January and full time since April.
“When I get on stage and see the result of all the collaboration taking place, there’s my joy,” he says of the non-profit company, “we want to do this for Worcester which is a best kept secret,” according to Burnet who lives in NY much of the time.
Tickets are $20 for adults, free for children 12 and under with a paying adult, and $15 for students and seniors.
For more info visit www.worcestershakespearecompany.org