The Shakespeare in the Arb production of “Macbeth” now has a cast and music.
The play, which will show the weekend of April 15 – 17, will be scored by sophomore Quentin Herman. The directors, seniors Faith Liu and Daniel Negri, have gathered a cast of students, alumni, and professors for a conventional staging accented by Herman’s original music. Alumnus Joe Banovetz ’15 will star as the titular character driven by ambition and prophecy to bloody deeds. Senior Kendall Karpack will play his dominating wife. Senior Dominic Restuccia will portray Malcolm, and junior Shelby Ripley will take the role of Macduff.
“We’re just waiting on one or two parts from professors,” Negri said. “We’re waiting to hear back from them.”
The cast possesses varied theater experience. A few, including Liu, are currently rehearsing the Tower Players’ production of “Mother Courage and Her Children.” Though Shakespeare in the Arb preparations are ongoing, rehearsals for “Macbeth” will only begin in earnest after “Mother Courage and Her Children” strikes.
“We have a really exciting cast,” Liu said. “We have a lot of people who have done a lot of theater before and we also have a lot of people who have never done theater before. So there’s work to be done, but we’re really excited.”
The directors said that with the help of senior Megan Scott as stage manager (a Shakespeare in the Arb first), they are meeting with the cast weekly to check on script memorization, character process, and other preparations.
Constrained by limited time and resources, Negri and Liu said they opted for a traditional design interpretation of the work, and are relying on Herman’s music to create a distinctive feel.
“He’s arranging for a brass choir, which is more than we’ve ever really had in a Shakespeare in the Arb production,” Liu said. “Which is really, really exciting because we don’t really have the opportunity to create set and lighting atmosphere. You have to create atmosphere through other means — other means being tons of amazing music.”