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HAMLET

The senior class talk about their process in creating respective their Hamlet projects.

Margo Cahill

Q: Can you describe the Hamlet project prompt you were given to do?

Instead of the traditional Shakespeare exam, the class was split into groups of 4, where the roles of the 4 members were scene director, director, actor, and marketing. Then we had to pitch to the class our interpretation of the play. Our group’s interpretation was that the play, Hamlet was set in the modern age, struggling with drug issues with heroin, specifically in Ohio, as it is the state with a high opium addiction rate.

Q: How did you respond to the prompt? 

I took the marketing role in my group, as it had the art aspect that I most liked. I had to create a lobby display of the play online. I created a poster, which was a mock of the posters advertising for the play.

Q: Can you describe the choices you made to create your project?

I wanted to do a collage, with elements overlapping one another, as I wanted to imply Hamlet’s jumbled mindset. I first overlapped pieces cut from 30-40 magazines for the background, with color schemes of red, grey, black. In the foreground, I focused on the motif of fire, as the fire was an important element in our play, where Claudius burns down a building. I also put down text on the collage, repeating the word “heroin,” and “drugs,” and put white paint over it. I also found images of skull online and colored them in. I then put more magazines on top of it. I also burned newspaper and painted more layers on top of it too.

Q: How do you want the audience to perceive your project?

There isn’t a particular way I want the audience to perceive my poster. If you pay attention to the intricate details of the poster, you can see representations of our group’s interpretation of Hamlet, and perceive Hamlet in the modern age, struggling with the modern issue of drugs.

Gabin Lee

Q: Can you describe the Hamlet project prompt you were given to do?

I was asked to make a modern interpretation of Hamlet. Each group had four people: the director, scenic designer, the marketing director, and the actor. Together, we had to make a modern interpretation of Hamlet, and then do our own parts of the production.

Q: How did you respond to the prompt? 

I was the scenic designer; I designed the set, lighting, and costumes of the play using textual analysis.

 

Q: Can you describe the choices you made to create your project?

The several doors are an allusion to the theme of secrecy in Hamlet. During Act 1, Hamlet states that Denmark is a prison; henceforth, the set was designed to be an area that wouldn’t change. The inside would change with the sets, lights, and costumes but the essential nature of the set wouldn’t change to indicate the idea of an ever-unchanging prison

 

Q:How do you want the audience to perceive your project?

Our play is set in a small Blackbox theater. We would like our audience to notice the complicated themes of family relations, power dynamics, secrecy, and competition which are highlighted in Hamlet as well as the business world.