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Production of ‘Laughing at Shakespeare’ arrives this week

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – North Platte Community College is hosting its production of “Laughing at Shakespeare” starting this Wednesday, April 20.

The production includes parts of 10 different plays by playwright William Shakespeare with a twist: Just the funny stuff.

Bea Webster (left) and Lisselle Lucas (right) rehearse a scene in North Platte Community College’s upcoming production of Laughing at Shakespeare.(Bea Webster (left) and Lisselle Lucas (right) rehearse a scene in North Platte Community College’s upcoming production of Laughing at Shakespeare.)

According to production manager Ritch Galvan, many people don’t realize that many of Shakespeare’s works are funny.

“We do scenes of his tragedies here, but they’re very funny scenes,” Galvan said. “I tried to find the funniest scenes from his plays, one from each play, I wanted to go through all of his works and try to find the funniest scenes I could find and stage them all for people see them.”

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Director Ritch Galvan prepares for the upcoming ‘Laughing at Shakespeare’ show.(Director Ritch Galvan is gearing up for the upcoming “Laughing at Shakespeare” show.)

The cast and crew of the show were also thrilled with the production.

“For a lot of people, Shakespeare feels so unrelated to them, and so doing that is kind of like pushing that relatability into him,” said performer Lisselle Lucas.

Bea Webster shared that each of the plays is set in a different time period than when they were written, in order to add variety to the show.

“Each particular vignette belongs to a particular era,” Webster said. “Like, there’s Film Noir, there’s the 1950s, 1930s. Each of them has kind of a different take on each of them.

Bea Webster rehearsing a scene in North Platte Community College's upcoming production of...
Bea Webster rehearsing a scene in North Platte Community College’s upcoming production of Laughing at Shakespeare.(Bea Webster rehearsing a scene in North Platte Community College’s upcoming production of Laughing at Shakespeare.)

Although the production is produced by North Platte Community College, most of the performers are not students. Webster shared that she is retired and wanted to be in the play because she loves to learn and play now that she has some free time.

“I took acting classes here and really enjoyed them,” Webster said. “Now I kind of watch whenever college has plays that maybe I can play a part in…I just like being here in college because I’m learning so much.”

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