Connected to Hamlet

Hamlet, played by T. Noah J. Nazim in Scene 4 of ACT's production of Hamlet.

Hamlet, played by T. Noah J. Nazim in Scene 4 of ACT’s production of Hamlet.

Hamlet has one more show in its run –  tomorrow, Labour Day, at 4pm in Cotton Park in Stratford PEI. Parking is off MacDonald Road.

One of the elements which makes theatre exciting is watching the dynamics between actors. How they connect – physically, with eye contact and emotionally – adds greatly to the quality of a performance.

How they connect with the audience can depend on the venue, and in ACT (a community theatre)’s current performance, is aided by playing most scenes in the round.

Scene 1, the Danish Court arrives.

Scene 1, the Danish Court arrives.

Scene 2: Polonius delivers his famous speech to son Laertes while sister Ophelia smirks in the background.

Scene 2: Polonius delivers his famous speech to son Laertes while sister Ophelia smirks in the background.

Scene 3: the ghost of Hamlet's father

Scene 3: the ghost of Hamlet’s father (played by the same actor who plays Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle)

Scene 4: Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, and his uncle, Claudius, consult on whether Hamlet is mad - or not.

Scene 4: Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, and his uncle, Claudius, consult on whether Hamlet is mad – or not.

Scene 5: Ophelia tries to return Hamlet's letter (also the "to be or not to be" scene)

Scene 5: Ophelia tries to return Hamlet’s letter (also the “to be or not to be” scene)

Scene 6 - the play within the play.

Scene 6 – the play within the play.

Scene 7 - The ghost reappears to Hamlet (after he has killed Polonius by mistake) to remind him of his blunted purpose.

Scene 7 – The ghost reappears to Hamlet (after he has killed Polonius by mistake) to remind him of his blunted purpose.

Scene 8 - In which we know that Ophelia has gone mad over the death of her father and Hamlet's rejection of her.

Scene 8 – In which we know that Ophelia has gone mad over the death of her father and Hamlet’s rejection of her.

Scene 9 - Claudius and Laertes conspire to kill Hamlet.

Scene 9 – Claudius and Laertes conspire to kill Hamlet.

Scene 10 - The gravedigger sings while Hamlet and Horatio (played by a woman in our show) look on with amusement, not knowing yet whose grave it is.

Scene 10 – The gravedigger sings while Hamlet and Horatio (played by a woman in our show) look on with amusement, not knowing yet whose grave it is.

Scene 11 - Lady Osric brings a message to Hamlet. The actress playing Lady Osric also plays Gravedigger One, Guildenstern and the Player Queen.)

Scene 11 – Lady Osric brings a message to Hamlet. The actress playing Lady Osric also plays Gravedigger One, Guildenstern and the Player Queen.)

Scene 11 - Hamlet offers Claudius the poisoned cup and makes him drink it.

Scene 11 Hamlet offers Claudius the poisoned cup and makes him drink it.

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