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The Lookout | April 12, 2021

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‘Cymbeline’ makes its way to Black Box

‘Cymbeline’ makes its way to Black Box

Jaimie Bozack
A&E Editor

Heroes, villains, wicked stepmothers, an innocent heroine and more will play a part in William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline,” presented by the LCC theatre department and directed by Mary Job.

“Cymbeline,” will be held in LCC’s Black Box Theater, room 168 of the Gannon Building, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 through 5. Shows start at 8 p.m. There will be an additional show on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. The cost is a $5 to $10 donation.

“Cymbeline,” is a dark twist on classic fairy tales. It follows the story of a young princess who defies her father and marries a commoner.

Job has been involved in LCC theatre for 16 years. She said she looks forward to presenting “Cymbeline,” because it is a Shakespeare play that is not done often.

“It is one of Shakespeare’s later romances where he is playing around with mixing a number of different genres,” Job said. “I like the play in the sense that it has all of the characters we tend to think of from fairy tales, but it is much darker from familiar fairy tales.”

Job said she has high hopes for attendance and encourages people to come see the play.

“It is a very intimate room so all of the action is right around you,” Job said. “I hope people are interested in seeing a play that is not usually done.”

Job said she is proud of the work her students have put into the play. According to Job, learning the style of Shakespeare can be challenging.

“I think it is really fun to watch the students master the language of Shakespeare,” Job said. “As a director you always want the students to be the best they can be. I think the actors are doing a great job.”

LCC student Alek Kring will play one of Cloten’s lords. Kring said his character’s main goal is to act as a babysitter for Cloten.

“The thing I love most about acting is the amount of freedom and exploration one can do,” Kring said. “It’s a process that’s fun but challenging to work through.”

Kring said the play is different than most because it is a different side of Shakespeare.

“It seems like Shakespeare is parodying himself and his earlier works,” Kring said. “It’s basically ‘Game of Thrones’ before ‘Game of Thrones’ was a thing. It has got love, handsome and beautiful leads, sexual innuendos and a battle scene.”

Kring said he hopes people come and support LCC theatre.

“It is my dream job,” Kring said. “There’s nowhere else on the Earth I’d rather be than grinding away in a little ol’ theater.”

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