15-Minute Hamlet
By Tom Stoppard, Directed by Darren Evans

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
By Tom Stoppard, Directed by Meg Taintor

Project and Ensemble Director, Jennifer Johnson

CWT's Advanced Ensemble, actors ages 12-18, are featured in CWT's upcoming productions of 15-Minute Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, both by Tom Stoppard.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, often referred to as just Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, is an absurdist, existentialist tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, first staged at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The action of Stoppard's play takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's play, 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 company will present 15-Minute Hamlet as a prologue to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The play, an excerpt from Dogg's Hamlet, condenses the original Hamlet, including all the best-known scenes, into approximately 13 minutes of on-stage action. This is followed by another even more drastically reduced performance of the play from beginning to end, lasting 2 minutes, bringing the total running time up to 15 minutes.

The CWT Advanced Ensemble is a multi-layered theatre program for youth ages 12-18. The Advanced Ensemble selects, rehearses, and performs a full scale production each year, takes part in advanced theatre training activities, mentors younger CWT students, and attends professional productions around the city. Advanced Ensemble members have worked together for between two and eleven years.

Rosencrantz: Nate Kreiger
Guildenstern: Gus Vivieros
The Player: Robert Nast
Hamlet, Ensemble: Eli Swab
Claudius, Ensemble: Cole Johnson
Gertrude, Ensemble: Maeve Conway-Pearson
Ophelia, Ensemble: Cecilia Viveiros
Polonius, Ensemble: Livia Kelly
Shakespeare, Laertes, Ensemble: Laura Clabaugh
Horatio, Ensemble: Eliot Peitso
Francisco, Ensemble: Daire O'Callaghan
Gravedigger, Ensemble: William Moody
January 31 - February 8
Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 3pm
Tickets $12
2014 - 2015 Season
Coming soon
15-Minute Hamlet &
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
CWT Advanced Ensemble
January 31 - February 8, 2015
Lollipops for Breakfast
Bonnie Duncan of
They Gotta Be Secret Agents
February 28 - March 1, 2015
Spy Matthias
Theatre on Fire
March 13 - April 4, 2015
April 10 & 11, 2015
Season Launch Party
October 3, 2014
It Felt Empty...
Theatre on Fire
October 10 - November 1, 2014
The Hinterlands
November 7 - 9, 2014
How The Sith Stole Christmas!
Holiday Childrens' Performance
December 6 - 14, 2014
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