'Barbecuing Hamlet' dinner theater

Jun 04, 2012
Photo by: Ron Leighton Ready to serve up a comedy dinner theater in Belfast are, front from left, JoAnne Willis and Greg Coleman; and, behind them, Pat Burt and Pat Dyke.

Belfast — The Belfast United Methodist Church drama team will serve up "Barbecuing Hamlet" by Pat Cook Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 23 Mill Lane.

The evening will begin with a barbecued chicken sandwich dinner followed by a fun romp through the Peaceful Glen Memorial Players' production of "Hamlet." The audience will be treated to a dessert buffet during intermission while the scenery is changed from the rehearsal set to Players' production set, complete with Wild West decorations.

JoAnne Willis plays Margo Daly, hired by the Peaceful Glen Memorial Players to direct their production in their theater, a renovated funeral home. She faces many hurdles including a shortage of actors, a dysfunctional council and an audience eating barbecue and throwing popcorn. Greg Coleman plays Hal Webster, a friends who comes to visit and ends "roped" into playing the title role. Pat Burt plays Theodora Van Horne, a flamboyant actress; and Pat Dyke plays perennially frustrated council member Hope Halliday. Even the pizza delivery boy is given several parts as Margo struggles to cast a five-act tragedy with the only four actors to audition for the play.

Tickets for dinner and entertainment are $12 for adults, $9 for children younger than 12. They are on sale Sundays after the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services; or by contacting Ron Leighton at 548-2855 or janron@roadrunner.com.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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