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John Barrymore "returns" for MC's spring comedy, I Hate Hamlet

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (March 5, 2004) - Legendary Shakespearian actor John Barrymore is back, or at least his ghost is. Barrymore will stumble onto Manchester College's stage for I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick for the spring play.

Manchester College will present the comedy at 7 p.m. on three nights, March 12-14 in Wampler Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $1 or one canned good for the local food pantry. The play is a production of Alpha Psi Omega drama honorary society.

Here's the plot: When television celebrity Andrew Rally is cast as the lead in Hamlet, he is terrified at the enormous theatrical challenge set before him. His friends summon the ghost of John Barrymore for assistance. The results are hilarious as Andy struggles to control the blustery Barrymore, while tackling the challenge of the Bard's most-complex role.

I Hate Hamlet is co-directed by senior Megan Hineline of Chesterton, Ind. and junior  Jacob Ramirez of Everett, Pa. "I really wanted to direct a comedy," Hineline said. "I Hate Hamlet is exceptionally witty and smart, but it also has some great physical comedy that can be appreciated by all ages."

Cast members are:

Steven Grubb of Goshen, Ind., a junior, is Andrew Rally.

Noah Kinsey of Lake Odessa, Mich., a junior, is John Barrymore.

Katherine Leese of Kokomo, Ind., a sophomore, is Deidre McDavey, Andrew's girlfriend.

Rachel McFadden of North Manchester, Ind., a sophomore, is Felicia Dantine, real estate agent.

Sarah Oren of Vandalia, Ohio, a sophomore, is Lillian Troy, Andrew's manager.

Jonathan Stauffer of Polo, Ill., a sophomore, is Gary Peter Lefkowitz, Andrew's best friend.


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