Four years after it staged its first-ever Shakespearian comedy, Polk State Theatre will perform one of the playwright’s most famous, and haunting, tragedies.
“Macbeth” will take the stage of the Polk State Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre Nov. 10-13 and 17-20. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., except for Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are free for Polk State students and employees, and all high school students. Tickets for the general public are $10. The Polk State Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre is located at 999 Ave. H N.E. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at polk.edu/boxoffice.
The play tells the tale of the warrior Macbeth, who, at the insistence of his wife, murders Duncan, the king of Scotland. After his bloody act, Macbeth ascends to the throne, but at the cost of his conscious. To remain in power, Macbeth must commit many other murders, driving him and his wife to madness and, ultimately, their own deaths.
In 2012, Polk State Theatre began a “revival of classical theatre” with its performance of “Taming of the Shrew,” the first-ever Shakespearian work the program had staged. Since then, Polk State Theatre has taken on other landmark works by the playwright, including “Romeo & Juliet,” “Twelfth Night,” and “Richard III.”
Speech and Theatre Professor Paul Carbonell, who is directing “Macbeth,” has previously said that the performance of Shakespearian works is evidence of Polk State Theatre’s maturity as a program and the depth of talent it is now able to attract.
“Macbeth” has had dozens of Broadway revivals, including most recently, a 30-show run starring Ethan Hawke as Macbeth.
The cast for Polk State Theatre’s performance of “Macbeth” includes:
Andy Gion, Upwey, Macbeth
Alexandra Horton, Lady Macbeth
Garrett Turlington, Macduff
Julia Dimmer, Lady Macduff and Hecate’s Minion
Peter Preston, Duncan
Trevaughn Christian, the Sergeant
Jason Bertino, Malcolm
Ian Castro, Donalbain
Tony Rizzo, The Old Man and Doctor
Ronnie Metcalf, Banquo
Michael Burke, Lennox
Yusak Comas, Ross
David Albizu, Menteith and Fleance
Marchae Parker, Angus and Witch #1
Jared Roys, Seyton, Master, and Third Murderer
Fabienne Alexandre, Hecate
Ana Kargakos, Hecate’s Minion, Second Murderer
Gabrielle Henry, Witch #1
Lorena Ervin, Witch #1
Mary Humphries, Witch #1
Taliana Canales, Witch #1
Lilia Gutierrez, Witch #2
Alexandria Rodriguez, Witch #2
Kailey Rogers, Witch #2
Kaylin Johnson, Witch #2
Lindsay Garcia, Witch #2, The boy
Emily Wampler, Witch #3, Kathniss
Shydeenha Bruno, Witch #3, Young Siward
In addition to Theatre, Polk State’s arts programs include Music and Visual Arts, all of which enjoy outstanding statewide reputations.