Comets put on a comedy

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The Theatre Department at Central Crossing High School is ready to stage a loving lampoon of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies with their upcoming spring production, “I Hate Shakespeare.” Written by Steph DeFerie, the fast-paced comedy will cover some of the classics and instill them with modern day twists such as allowing Othello, Desdemona, and Iago to hash out their complicated relationship on an episode of The Jerry Springer Show and having an individual from the audience try to talk some sense into Hamlet before he allows the apparent ghost of his father to destroy multiple lives – including his own. Potential spoiler alert for the production: the intervention does not go according to plan as showcased here by Carlos Pagan (left), who plays Hamlet, and Noah Martin (right), who pulls double duty as Claudius and Polonius. The opening night for “I Hate Shakespeare” will take place at the school, located at 4500 Big Run South Road in Grove City, on March 8 at 7 p.m. It will be followed by shows on March 9 at 7 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets for the play, which theatre director Nathan Weaver described as “hilarious,” go to the website
Pictured from left to right, Noah Martin, Maddi Wojnar, and Madison Pitts squabble on the set of The Jerry Springer Show during a rehearsal on Feb. 13. The students are portraying Othello, Steve Wilkos, director of security for The Jerry Springer Show, and Desdemona, respectively.
Central Crossing High School senior Bella Barone portrays the unhappy person in the audience who is ready to talk – or possibly smack – some sense into Hamlet. Here, she tries to explain that the ghost of his father is not providing sound life advice.
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