Maryville Drama Club performs William Shakespeare


Maryville Drama Club put on “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” Friday, Nov 10 and Saturday, Nov 11. It was directed by Erin Gaubatz.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged is a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield that parodies the plays and poems of William Shakespeare. Each play is performed in a comically shortened form by only three actors. Maryville performed the play with five actors.

Before the show, we asked a few of the actors what they were most excited about.

“Well i’m most excited about seeing the whole thing come together, but particularly the ending. It’s so fast paced and surprising,” said Claire Day, one of the five main performers.

Steele Dehmlow mentioned he “couldn’t wait to have multiple costumes fly off and on at once.”

Actress, Lexie Boyer, said she was most excited to “show Shakespeare in a different light. I think a lot of people look at Shakespeare and think it’s kind of dry, it’s kind of outdated, but this show really sort of brings it to relevance in modern day terms. So I’m excited for people to sort of get that experience through our silliness.”

Madalyn Podman was also excited to make people laugh. “I don’t usually act in comedies or have a big part, so I’m excited to actually be the one responsible for the audience having a good time and actually enjoying the show.”

The performers engage the audience in act two!

The cast did a parody of Romeo and Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Othello, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Coriolanus and Hamlet. After the cast portrayed all of these, they played out the entire show several times, increasing their speed of delivery. The show ended with the cast performing it backwards. The actors had the audience laughing in their seats the entire time.

This is only the second year Maryville University has had a drama club.

If the drama club is something you want to get into or if you just have a few questions about it, you may contact Anthony Santirojprapai at




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