National Players Bring Classics to Life

The entire Freshman class has a unique opportunity to explore the promise and danger of possessing heroic potential when the National Players present both The Odyssey and Macbeth on Friday, Mar. 7.

The two-and-a-half hour performance of Homer’s epic explores the nature of the hero; director Jason King Jones notes finds relevance in the epic for us because “It’s in our national DNA to relate to people who accomplish extraordinary things, who forge their own paths, who refuse to accept the impossible.”

The afternoon production of Macbeth updates the story to a contemporary nation threatened by both civil strife and external threat. A MLWGS alumnus, Christopher Richardson (’09), tours with the company and will be appearing as Malcom in Macbeth and Eurylochus in The Odyssey. While at Maggie Walker, Richardson appeared in full Shakespeare productions, one-act play festivals, and spring musicals. He graduated from William and Mary last May.

Between shows, cast members will present workshops for Freshmen in interpreting Shakespeare, analyzing a play for performance, and stage combat. Sponsored by the English department, the entire event is being funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Parents are welcome to attend performances. The Odyssey will begin at 8:55am, Macbeth at 1:35pm. For more information, contact Janet Spencer at jspencer@gsgis.k12.va.us.