What a few can deliver…… ENTER STAGE RIGHT Port Huron, Michigan


Local theater group Enter Stage Right was slated to open their first season with Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Citadel Stage on Aug. 4, but have been delayed due to building safety issues with the sprinkler system. A new date will be announced by the end of the week.

Aside from fixing the sprinkler system, the black box theater floors still need to be stained and finished, a handicap lift needs to be installed to allow visitors to access the basement, the ticket booth and concession stand need to be built, and minor aesthetic works needs to be completed.

But that’s not stopping the cast from telling the tragedy of Hamlet.

“After ‘Hamlet’ we still have a lot of work to do,” said Regina Spain, Enter Stage Right director. “We are going a little rustic right now, but we have everything essential we need to host our first show.”

While the cast rehearsed the production, crew members worked to install lighting and air conditioning on Monday – both essential for the show to go on. Seats and risers were installed Tuesday.

Laura Lynn Lavely, left, acts out a scene with John Lusk and Anson Pavlov, Monday, Aug 1, during rehearsal for Hamlet at the Citadel Stage in Port Huron. (Photo: ANDREW JOWETT, TIMES HERALD)

The theater will open for the first time at 7 p.m. Thursday. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Hamlet will run Aug. 4 -14, Thursday through Sunday. Shows running Thursday through Saturday will begin at 7:30 p.m., Sunday shows will be at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $16 and can be purchased at http://www.thecitadelstage.org.

But the Hamlet production will have a different cast set-up than Shakespeare enthusiasts are used.

The genders of all of the main characters have been switched. Male characters will be played by women, and female characters by men.

“We are used to thinking poor Ophelia, she went mad in love and killed herself,” Spain said. “We wanted to see if it would have a different meaning if it was a man in pursuit of a girl who went mad, and surprisingly for us, it didn’t change anything.”

Spain said the gender swap turned into a wonderful example of universal desires.

“At our core, male and female, we have the same emotions, wants, desires, and fears,” she said. “At our core, we are the same.”

Spain said she is interested to see how members of the audience perceive the change.

After the Hamlet production is wrapped up, Enter Stage Right will focus on raising the remaining funds needed to install the handicap lift that will allow patrons to access handicap accessible bathrooms in the basement.

Originally the project was quoted at $7,000, Spain said. But as the project progressed it was found that additional architecture work, like moving the ceiling, will need to be done in order to accommodate the lift. That put the project closer to $18,000.
Pictures and rest of article here “At our core, male and female, we have the same emotions, wants, desires, and fears,” she said. “At our core, we are the same.”

Spain said she is interested to see how members of the audience perceive the change.

After the Hamlet production is wrapped up, Enter Stage Right will focus on raising the remaining funds needed to install the handicap lift that will allow patrons to access handicap accessible bathrooms in the basement.

Originally the project was quoted at $7,000, Spain said. But as the project progressed it was found that additional architecture work, like moving the ceiling, will need to be done in order to accommodate the lift. That put the project closer to $18,000.
Spain said the gender swap turned into a wonderful example of universal desires.

Entire article The Times Herald.com enter stage right

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