The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company presents its annual schools matinees in partnership with the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon. This year’s production will be Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and student matinees will take place March 27, 28, and 29 at 10:00 a.m.. Tickets to these performances are available exclusively from the Frauenthal box office, by calling 231-727-8001. Performances will take place at the Beardsley Theater in the Frauenthal Center at 425 West Western Avenue in Muskegon. Tickets for schools groups are $5 per person, with a $5 service charge per group.
Hamlet, often considered Shakespeare’s masterpiece, follows the title character as he discovers that his father has been murdered by his brother, who has subsequently taken over the throne of Denmark. Hamlet must decide whether to avenge his father’s death, while many others in the kingdom are unwillingly caught up in royal intrigue. Pigeon Creek’s performances are lively and audience interactive, allowing students to immerse themselves in the world of the play in ways they might not be able to by simply reading it on the page.
Teachers wanting to book tickets will need the following information in order to make reservations: the total number in the group (including at least 1 adult chaperone per 25 students), contact information (phone number and e-mail address), and a credit card number to hold the reservations. Schools may choose to pay by check at a later date, but must provide a credit card number at the time of reservations. Final payments must be made by March 16. The performance will be approximately 90-100 minutes, and will be followed by a brief talkback with the actors. For any questions regarding content of the production, please email Pigeon Creek Shakespeare executive director Katherine Mayberry at email@example.com.
Pigeon Creek will also perform Hamlet for one public performance at the Beardsley on March 30 at 7:30 p.m., and tickets for that performance are available from the Frauenthal Center box office or online at www.frauenthal.org. Following its Muskegon opening, Hamlet will travel to Grand Rapids, Spring Lake, and Jenison in April and May.