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Elizabethtown College Theatre presents “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” Oct. 27 through Nov. 6

Students perform Stoppard’s modern classic

Rosencrantz and GuildensternElizabethtown College Theatre presents a Tony award-winning modern classic by Tom Stoppard that tells the story of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” from the perspective of the Danish prince’s sidekicks. “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” will be performed on the College’s Tempest Theatre stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 29; and Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 5; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

The action of Stoppard's play takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's, with brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events of which—occurring onstage without them in Hamlet—they have no direct knowledge.

The student cast includes: DJ Littell ’12 as Rosencrantz, Rachel Saul ’12 as Guildenstern, Mike Wawrzynek ’14 as The Player and Stuart Foley ’15 playing Alfred. Amy Moulton’ 15, Katie Owens ’14, Luke Wilson ’15 and Desiree’ Yeager ’14 play the Tragedians. Alex Yastishock ’14 is Hamlet, Christine Evangelista ’15 plays Ophelia, Kyle Kovatch ’13 plays Claudius and Nicole St. Pierre ’12 is Gertrude. Stephen Boyhont ’14 is in a dual role as Polonius/Horatio; Taylor Luckenbill ’15, also in a dual role is the Soldier/Ambassador; Lauren Cull ’15 is Laertes; and Attendants and Courtiers are played by Kelly Enterline ’15, Laura Grube ’15 and Abby Riccardo ’15.

Scenic and sound designer is Richard Wolf-Spencer, assistant professor of theatre; lighting designer is Barry Fritz, technical operations director; guest costume designer is Janell Berte; makeup and hair designer is Angie Wilt ’14; and stage manager is Rachael McQuiggan ’13. The play, directed by Michael Swanson, associate professor of theatre and coordinator of theatre and dance, with assistance from Laura Robbins ’12, is open to the public.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door, by calling 717-361-1170 or by emailing

Contact: Michael Swanson at or 717-361-1160.

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