The Class IV Play, a long-standing performing arts tradition at Milton, is an all-inclusive and beloved class project. Faculty member Pam McArdle directs this year’s production, The Haunting of Will Shakespeare—a fanciful take on how a young Shakespeare became a playwright.
“This play offers a blend of light-hearted comedy along with a touch of Shakespeare,” says Ms. McArdle. “It is age-appropriate for Class IV students, yet sophisticated and funny enough to challenge the actors.”
View photos of the performance.
Ms. McArdle says great care goes into selecting the play.
“The first thing we focus on is finding a play with many parts, because each person who auditions will be cast. We also have to find a script that is more ensemble in nature, versus having one or two ‘leads.’ In the Class IV Play, every actor has his or her moment in the spotlight.”
Twenty-two Class IV students are involved in this year’s cast, and those who are not on stage are contributing behind the scenes, acting as ushers, poster designers, or joining the audience in support of their classmates. The Haunting of Will Shakespeare shows in King Theatre on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m.