“Something wicked this way comes.” That warning from William Shakespeare is one of several memorable lines from the play “Macbeth,” being presented by the Theatre Department at Bellarmine College Preparatory.
Set in medieval Scotland, the story is well-known for its fortune-telling witches (“Double double toil and trouble”), bloody hands (“out damned spot”), hallucinations (“Is this a dagger which I see before me?”), as well as swordfights, assassinations, a ghost, and a drunk doorman.
The selection of “Macbeth” as its Fall drama ties-in to Bellarmine’s year-long look at gender as its Summit on Human Dignity focus. “I chose this show to go along with our summit theme of gender, as it especially explores masculinity and contains some interesting gender dynamics,” said director and faculty member Russ Marcel, a Bellarmine alumnus from the class of 1991. “Almost half of our students are studying this play; thanks to the English Department, most Freshmen classes and almost all Junior classes will learn the play this month.”
In addition to Bellarmine students (seniors David DeRuiter, Arash Shabany, Matthew Swain, Chris Boennighausen, Patrick Ryan, Leo Mangalindan; juniors Niko Vuckovich, Josiah Cannon, Anthony Scurto, Rory Chinn, Diego Bernal; and freshmen Sawyer Kennedy, Luke Desouza-Lawrence), the cast of 18 includes several students from Presentation (senior Zoe Prior and freshman Madison Goffney), Notre Dame (seniors Clara Matlack and Bianca Romero), and Los Gatos (senior Gigi Ward) high schools. The production crew includes Gregg Carlson, tech director and set designer assisted by Lincoln High senior Alex Yosuda; Maren Lane, lighting designer, scenic artist, front-of-house; Kathleen O’Brien, costume designer with Bellarmine junior Fabian Lucero; Bellarmine senior Ben Walker, stage manager; and Notre Dame sophomore Ella Nowinski and Bellarmine senior Connor Reames, assistant directors.
Also collaborating with Bellarmine Theatre for the first time is Bay Area fight director and actress Sydney Schwindt. The play will feature choreographed fights with broadswords and daggers.
“Macbeth” is presented October 26, 27, November 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 p.m., and October 28 at 2:00 p.m. All performances occur in the Main Stage Theatre of the Sobrato Center for Humanities and the Arts on the Bellarmine campus, 960 West Hedding Street, San Jose. Tickets are available online at: www.bcp.org.