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Washington-Lee High School Macbeth

By • Dec 17th, 2013 • Category: Cappies, Virginia

A large ziggurat sits center stage when the sound of powerful tribal drums fills the auditorium. Then an array of barefoot indigenous people take the stage for a night filled with life, death, paranoia, and guilt. Washington-Lee High School’s would create an unforgettable performance with their astonishing production of Macbeth.

Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s late tragedies, written in the early 17th century. It has become an extremely familiar play tackled on both professional and high school levels. It follows Macbeth (Jeffery Warren), the noble hero who gets his unfortunate prophecy by a group known as The Weird Sisters (Bailey Kowalski, Carly Greenfield, Katie Humphries). Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth (Alicia Hartz), then transition from a content couple to a guilty and power-hungry mess after they take the throne due to the death of King Duncan (Craig Wanda). Powerful and heroic Macduff (Tommy Muir) eventually lives to see the disturbed duo’s destiny, defeating Macbeth in an epic and well choreographed battle. Washington-Lee added their own personality to the production, giving it a tribal twist, pulling from dozens of different ancient civilizations.

As Lady Macbeth, Alicia Hartz was absolute perfection. It was clear that Hartz had an impeccable grasp of her character and used her physicality, sexuality, and relationships with fellow actors to create the most enjoyable performance of the evening. As her husband, Jeffery Warren took on the daunting title role of Macbeth with poise and aplomb. Warren created a versatile character and added extensive realism to the role. Together the powerhouse couple had surreal energy and chemistry when on stage.

The ensemble of Weird Sisters was also another commendable aspect of the performance. They had consistent accents, fluid movements, and distinct vocal levels that added to the intensity of their scenes, never leaving them unnoticed. Together these women added to the energy of the entire cast, which was never anything but superb.

Not only was the show mesmerizing through the acting, but technically as well. All props, designed by Craig White, were extremely detailed and constantly fit the tribal theme of the show. Sound was also commendable, as every actor was heard and all sound cues were on point. Perhaps the most magnificent technical aspect of the production was the makeup, led by Lecia Stock. Every ensemble member had different tribal war paint to differentiate themselves as well as fake blood, which was scarily realistic, splashed on actors during the more intense battle sequences.

Overall, Washington-Lee High School’s production of the “Scottish play” was one of the most enjoyable of the year thus far. Their unforgettable acting abilities and vigorous technical executions left audiences in awe and was one that even William Shakespeare would have been proud of.

by Stephen Coakley of Tuscarora

Photo Gallery

Gabby Canning, Mara O'Reilley, Sonia Garfinkel, Claire Seaton, Myles Stemwick, Brent Pizzamillio, Raphael Debraine, Jeffery Warren, Alicia Hartz, Danny Sharp, Jesse Pollcack, Claire Huggins, Heaven Swanson, and Patsy Zetkulic Jeffery Warren (Macbeth), Alicia Hartz (Lady Macbeth), Danny Sharp (Banquo)
Gabby Canning, Mara O’Reilley, Sonia Garfinkel, Claire Seaton, Myles Stemwick, Brent Pizzamillio, Raphael Debraine, Jeffery Warren, Alicia Hartz, Danny Sharp, Jesse Pollcack, Claire Huggins, Heaven Swanson, and Patsy Zetkulic
Jeffery Warren (Macbeth), Alicia Hartz (Lady Macbeth), Danny Sharp (Banquo)
Katie Humphries (Third Witch), Alicia Hartz (Lady Macbeth), Jeffery Warren (Macbeth), Bailey Kowalski (First Witch), and Carly Greenfeild (Second Witch)
Katie Humphries (Third Witch), Alicia Hartz (Lady Macbeth), Jeffery Warren (Macbeth), Bailey Kowalski (First Witch), and Carly Greenfeild (Second Witch)

Photos by Lecia Stock

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