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Shakespeare’s Macbeth comes to the Empress

Cole Fetting as Ross, Anastasia Sicheac as Lachesis and Trevor Loman as Malcolm.

Trevor Loman as Malcolm, son of the king of Scotland.

Shakespeare’s classic play Macbeth comes to the stage of the Empress Theatre on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society is bringing its summer offering to a Fort Macleod audience for the fourth year in a row.
“We are really, looking forward to returning to the beautiful Empress,” producer Kate Connolly said. “That’s one of the highlights for our actors. It’s such a beautiful setting, and so historic.”
Previously the society staged Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest on the stage of the Empress Theatre.
Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society will stage Macbeth at Galt Gardens in Lethbridge throughout the summer, with other performances at the Coutts Centre near Nanton and in High River.
Macbeth is directed by Monique Danielle, a University of Lethbridge alumna, who has been studying at Ontario’s York University.
“She’s taking it right back to the 11th Century in Scotland which is when the historic Macbeth actually lived,” Connolly said.
That’s a change for the Lethbridge group. The Tempest was set in a futuristic setting on another planet while The Comedy of Errors was set in a 19th Century western town.
“We’re going back now more to the classic and traditional,” Connolly said.
Danielle had her pick of three Shakespeare works put forward by the society’s board and Connolly was delighted when Macbeth was chosen.
“It moves along at a great pace,” Connolly said. “It’s full of intrigue, betrayal, ambition, guilt and revenge. Who doesn’t like a rollicking story like that?”
DJ Gellatly has the lead role and Chris Kyle Peterson is cast as Lady Macbeth.
Richard Cole plays Duncan, king of Scotland and Trevor Loman plays his son Malcolm.
Macduff is played by Keith Miller, Lady Macduff is played by Kaylee Johnson, and Young Macduff is played by Chelsey Fitzsimons.
Other cast members include Daniel J Perryman as Banquo, Cole Fetting as Ross, Garrett Mallory Scott as Lennox, Jeff Graham as Porter and Richard Amery as Murderer.
Kayla Turnbull, Megan Fennell and Anastasia Siceac are the witches.
“We have three very fine young actresses playing our witches,” Connolly said. “Our director has them doing all kinds of interesting things.”
Fight choreographer is Garrett Mallory Scott and fight captain is Keith Miller.
Stage manager is Tyler Strang, assistant stage manager is Henry Gordon, Luc Toupin handles sound design, Gordon Tocher is sound assistant, Tess Hammerstedt is in charge of program and poster design, and Stephanie Savage is looking after promotion and social media.
Tish Gilbert and Amanda Epp are in charge of costumes.
Mary Lynn Muhly is associate producer.
“It’s a good, tight cast and an excellent production team again,” Connolly said.