The cauldron boils on Reagan stage

Reagan High Schoo Theatre
The curtain will go up tonight at Reagan High School with the first of four performances of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Students have been rehearsing the dark tragedy for roughly six weeks now and have created a riveting play that will leave audiences mesmerized by the talents of these bright, young stars.
 
While Shakespeare may result in much moaning and groaning among other high school students, Reagan’s theater troop “was thrilled” to take on the challenging storyline and language, says the play’s director, Gloria Robinson.
 
“If you don’t do things that are strenuous and require discipline and elevated language then they are not prepared for the large schools,” Robinson says.
 
With a student body of 3,500, the competition to land one of the 30 roles in Macbeth is not only competitive, but extremely talented. Past Reagan performers can now be seen acting on Broadway, in Los Angeles and at some of the top drama schools in the country.
 
Behind the scenes another 30 students are responsible for every aspect of the play, from lighting and music to props and make-up. Holding everything together is Robinson who pushes students on and off the stage to deliver performances that exceed expectations. At a recent dress rehearsal, Robinson’s 30 years as a drama teacher was obvious as she poured over every final detail, from demanding an actor keep his hood up to hide his modern hair cut to noticing a miniscule pause in the music.
 
“I was always interested in theater. I always wanted to teach,” she says.
 
The last of Shakespeare’s four great tragedies, Macbeth is a tale revolving around the lust for power and the betrayal of friends. After hearing a prophesy that he will become king of Scotland, Macbeth and his wife embark on a bloody, murderous path to ensure the throne is in fact theirs. The play does contain multiple murders and may be inappropriate for small children.
 
Macbeth will be performed within the auditorium at Reagan High School at 7 p.m., Oct. 24-27. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door and $10 for reserved seating. After Shakespeare, students will immediately begin rehearsing for Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor which will open in December, followed by West Side Story in February.