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Western Sierra students stage Shakespeare

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A night filled with passion and pointed argument brought the comedy and tragedy of Shakespeare alive at Western Sierra Collegiate Academy. On Nov. 8, theater arts students performed scenes from “Hamlet,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Macbeth.”

Theatergoers got a glimpse of several plays, revealing the themes of love, madness and honor. Senior Steffen Berr said playing a range of characters, from Petruchio to Macbeth, gave him the chance to both delight and dishearten the audience.

“I like being at the center of the stage, pretending to be the very strong and strict Petruchio, then use acting to sustain that representation,” the 18-year-old shared.

Performing arts teacher Miken Dayton directed the production from many angles.

“The great excitement about this production is the majority of the play has been student-driven,” she said. “We’ve had students assist in every facet of the production, from scene selection to hair, makeup, costumes and set design.”