- Alumni (with dues paid) and immediate family: Free
- Adults: $10
- Students (ages 6 through college): $8.50
- Senior citizens (65+): $7.50
- Thursday, November 14: 7 p.m.
- Friday, November 15: 7 p.m. (Matinee performance at 12:00 for high schools students)
- Saturday, November 16: 2 and 7 p.m.
Details and discount codes
No children under 6, please. Nursery not provided.
The code for high school students to receive $5 tickets is "HHSMFA13."
Sponsors bringing 15 or more students receive 2 free tickets. Please contact the Welcome Center at Welcome@mbbc.edu to reserve your complimentary tickets. Please do not include these tickets in your original purchase.
Please only use these codes if they apply to you.
Accessible, enjoyable, and memorable
“To be or not to be: that is the question.” The timeless line from William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet, portrays all of the despair and grief of a character raging with conflicting emotions. Maranatha Baptist Bible College will present its own rendition of Hamlet in a way audiences have never seen before for this fall semester’s dramatic production. Director Jeffrey Miller chose Shakespeare’s longest play because he believed the story “[met] the needs of Maranatha's vision to develop leaders through offering [its] students challenging literature and exposure to great works of art.” Hamlet will be presented on Thursday, November 14 to Saturday, November 16, which includes a special high school matinee on Friday at noon.
While many of its more notable lines are recognizable, the plot of Hamlet is little known by many and the addition of Shakespearean English provides a challenge to both modern-day actors and audiences. “I wanted to challenge myself as a director to tackle a piece of this magnitude,” explains Miller, also fully aware of his task to “[live] up to the legacy that a piece this famous brings with it.” Several Maranatha actors were apprehensive to take roles in which they would be required to learn, not only their lines, but also the interpretation of their words in a way in which the audience would clearly understand them. In rehearsals, Miller stresses the need for clarity and the intended purpose behind each line so as to create a production during which the “audience [will] experience Shakespeare in a way that is accessible, enjoyable, and memorable.”
Unique to this semester’s production is the incorporation of a new stage blueprint, called the “theatre in the round.” Modeling the stage after Shakespeare’s own Globe Theatre, members of the Stage Crew will build a stage in the center of Maranatha’s gymnasium floor. Actor Randall Flack notes that “the unique staging and seating should provide a new viewing experience.” The audience will have access to seating on all four sides of the stage. “The fact that we are playing in the round will put audiences much closer to the action,” adds Jonathan Crum, who plays the lead role of Hamlet.
Although Hamlet is recognized as one of Shakespeare’s tragedies, audiences will find themselves engaged in a production full of broken love, murder, swordplay, comical characters, insanity, and revenge.