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‘Macbeth’ this weekend at Academy at Charlemont

CHARLEMONT — William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” will be performed at The Academy at Charlemont Thursday through Saturday, with showtime each evening at 7, with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

This is the fifth consecutive year the academy has produced a Shakespeare play for its winter show, but this year’s show will be different in many respects from previous years.

Head of Schools Mark Efinger and humanities teacher Neale Gay, both in their first year at the academy, bring a theater background that has brought new energy and ideas into the drama program. Gay is the director, and has been working with the actors, while Efinger has been working on lighting, sound and set.

Seniors Benjamin Miller and Waverley Engleman star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and are joined by a cast and crew of more than 20 students, from grades 7 through 12.

“We found a part for everyone who wanted to be involved,” says Gay. “The work that students have put into this play is astounding.”

Not only did students go through a process of learning and internalizing their roles, he said, but they also built a set, designed lights and wrote an original score that will be performed live at each performance.

“The actors, crew and musicians are excited for an audience,” says Gay, who describes the production as a modern interpretation of the play. “Shakespeare is timeless, and we’ve made Macbeth accessible for a 21st-century audience.”

Evening performances are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and are free for children under 12. Saturday’s matinee performance is free for everyone.

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