Midcoast students in UMF’s ‘Hamlet’

Nov 06, 2017

Farmington — Several local students are in the cast and crew of the University of Maine at Farmington’s major fall production, “Hamlet.” The Theatre UMF show will be presented at Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 16 through 18, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. in the UMF Alumni Theater, off High Street.

Directed by Jayne Decker, playwright and UMF faculty member, William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” is a complex study of human frailties and their ultimate consequences. One of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays, it also is one of the stage’s greatest challenges to present. The typical UMF October performance was scheduled for November to allow for the nearly-all student cast and crew to immerse themselves in the play.

Daniel Gunn, UMF English professor, serves as the production’s dramaturg. The recreation of Hamlet’s castle by Stan Spilecki, scene and lighting designer, and a student crew is the most massive set design in 10 years of theater productions at UMF. The work of student costume designer Madison Uliano helps transport the audience to the 16th-century Shakespearean experience; and sound designer Michael Diffin adds another layer of ghostly elements and sound effects.

“This is a huge undertaking, and our students have embraced the challenge,” said Decker.

The production’s stage manager is Hope Lash of Waldoboro. The cast includes Ian Grima of Rockland as The Player King; and Jurnee Dunn of Rockland and Eliza Robinson of Camden are among the Dumbshow Players, who fill multiple parts.

This Theatre UMF production is sponsored by the UMF Department of the Arts. The play’s subject matter is of an adult nature. Tickets are $8; $7 for senior citizens and non-UMF students; and $5 for UMF students with I.D. Tickets are available at the time of the performance and can be reserved by calling the Theatre UMF box office at 778-7465.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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