To go or not to go see the University of Dallas drama department’s production of “Hamlet” is not even a question.
This Thursday, Oct. 26, is the opening night of “Hamlet,” which runs until Nov. 5 and is directed by assistant professor Stefan Novinski.
“Hamlet” has sold out three shows with the other shows rapidly filling up. Students and faculty are granted free admission, adding to the ease and popularity of seat reservations.
Sophomore Thomas Mosmeyer, who plays Voltemond, Fortinbras and Hamlet’s ghost, said that he is excited for his first production with UD.
“I am extremely happy to be participating in this because it has really allowed me to explore the text in a much more involved way,” Mosmeyer said. “I am also nervous simply because how many performances that we have and how long the play is.”
The actors have worked their hardest and have devoted themselves to their roles, said assistant stage manager Katie Crnkovich. She singled out senior Samuel Pate, who plays Hamlet.
“[Pate] is a great Hamlet. He’s done his research and he’s done his work, he’s doing an incredible job with it,” Crnkovich said.
Crnkovich said that the set, owing to affiliate tech director Will Turbyne’s talent, has an abstract and expressionist tone, which was not what she was expecting for a Shakespearean set.
“It’s weird, but it works so well with Hamlet, and you wouldn’t expect it when you first see it,” Crnkovich said.
Crnkovich also praised the stage manager, Rachel Van Pamel, who has worked extremely hard on prepping for opening night.
“She’s one of the best stage managers I’ve worked with, she’s incredible,” Crnkovich said. “It’s going to be fantastic.”
Sophomore drama major Bernadette Roden, who acted in last year’s production, “The Liar,” and two senior studios, is a student stage fight captain in the show.
“We have been working very hard on this fantastic play,” Roden said. “We have also been blessed to work with a lot of Dallas theater professionals, and that level of professionalism really shows.”
“I am so excited for people to see ‘Hamlet,’ ” Roden said.