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Middle School Hamlet Project Takes the Criterion Stage

Bar Harbor – Local students between the ages of 10 and 13 years old will present their original rendition of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet at The 1932 Criterion Theatre on Saturday, May 20th at 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 21st at 2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Over the past six weeks, a small company of kids collaborated with College of the Atlantic faculty member Jodi Baker and a group of COA students and alumni to build their own production of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy. This project is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment of the Arts.

“Hamlet is performed by children in our local communities and is a great opportunity for them to experience the theatre in a unique way,” said Criterion Executive Director Tamara Crowley. “We are so pleased to host this Middle School Hamlet Project and encourage everyone to support their creative endeavors on the stage.”

Project coordinators are Jodi Baker, Kiera O’Brien, Eloise Schultz, Isabel Shaida, Ursula Ostrander. The company includes Harlan Mahoney, Ruby Mahoney, Svatava Simeckova, Amelia VanDongen, Lucian Avila-Gatz, Samara Gilhooley, Zoe Boland and Zane Fraser.

 

Doors for both performances will open at 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

The 1932 Criterion Theatre is Bar Harbor’s non-profit historic performing arts and movie house located at 35 Cottage St. For a full schedule of movies and live events, visit criteriontheatre.org or call 207-288-0829.

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