Monday, March 28, 2011

In the Wings: Macbeth. Meet Isaiah Hale.

Isaiah Hale plays Duncan in Macbeth, the third production in the 2010-2011 Civic Youth Theatre season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by William Shakespeare.

Question: Why did you audition for Macbeth?
Isaiah Hale: It's Shakespeare, and Melanie Buchanan is directing it. She does well with Shakespearean productions. I like the challenge and though it's difficult to act when scripts are in our hands, it'll flow nicely when we're memorized.

Q: How would you describe Duncan? What does the audience learn about him?
I.H.: Duncan is iron-fisted, but he knows when to be serious and when not to be serious. He knows how to get respect and be respected and maintain his position. He probably had to step on a few people to get in his position at some point. As far as what the audience learns, Duncan is fooled twice by his friends so he may be a little gullible.

Q: What challenges have you faced with this production so far?
I.H.: Challenges so far have been pronunciation, the differences between names and titles, sometimes getting a little tongue-tied with all the words and there also is a lot of fighting. Many actors are double cast, and it's hard to go from a bloodthirsty cutthroat to a messenger who says "Here's your mail."

Q: What will an audience most remember about this production?
I.H.: Probably the blood that will be used in the stage fights. People don't realize just how much fighting is really in it. We show the battle scenes, and the dead stay on stage a lot. The fights are very fun and very challenging.

Macbeth will open Friday, April 8 and run through Sunday, April 10 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday afternoon performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre's office at 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre's website.

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