Whatever you do, don’t say Macbeth

John Hobbs, III, during a recent dress rehearsal of Don't Say Macbeth

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John Hobbs, III, during a recent dress rehearsal of Don’t Say Macbeth

A new play has come to show at Cross Creek.  The play Don’t Say Macbeth is being performed by Cross Creek’s Drama Committee. It is their first play of the year and is a fun comedy variation of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.

Traditionally, Macbeth is a serious play full of gore, action, and drama. It is to be performed for the public on Oct. 24 and Nov. 1 and 2.

The performance’s general plot line involves a struggling student reading the Scottish play, Macbeth in a coffee shop next door to a theater. Various actors that are performing in a play in the nextdoor theater are in the coffee shop. On stage, they vocalize their unique knowledge of play, known to cause accidents and curses on performers who dare to utter its name. These actors go through the play explaining to the main character the inner workings and lore of the original Macbeth play. Don’t Say Macbeth, written by Burton Bumgarner, is fun and exciting for the audience.

As it is the first play of the year, many of the students are excited.

Actor Shaylon Hughs is extremely excited about participating in the play since she aspires to do great in the theater.

“Stage is my life,” she said. “I am very excited.”

John Hobbs, III plays Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the play, and had the audience in stitches with his over-the-top performance at the recent rehearsal.

This is the fourth year in drama for the senior. Hobbs said he has always been interested in acting.

“I guess I always wanted to do what I saw on television,” he said after rehearsal. “So the first step was to come on stage. And then once I did it I loved it.”

Hobbs said he wants to continue acting after graduation and hopes to go to Columbus State University because of its drama program. In fact, he has an audition there in February. Hobbs said he isn’t nervous about it.

“Not really,” Hobbs said. “I do this all the time, so I don’t really get nervous anymore.”

Junior Daryl Littles also gave a commanding performance as Shakespeare himself in the play.

“I love it,” said Littles, who has been in drama for three years. “This is the favorite role that I’ve done.”