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HAMLET Extended 3 More Shows in April 2, 3 & 4

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


3/18/2015 - The story of Hamlet, probably one of the best known stories in the English language, will be presented March 18 to 21 at 7:30 pm as well as three new dates in April -Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 pm(note time differences for April shows) in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center on the Niceville Campus of Northwest Florida State College. ALL MARCH SHOW DATES (3/18-21) FOR HAMLET ARE SOLD OUT. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL THREE NEW DATES IN APRIL. Tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 each for youth age 18 and younger. Middle and High school age school groups are $6 each for students and teachers. NWF students may request one free ticket per student ID/space permitting. Contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at 729-6000 or purchase online at

Due to an overwhelming response to the college’s production of Hamlet, the show was extended to a second weekend, allowing the public to purchase tickets to shows originally scheduled for school groups.

The play, presented by the college’s Fine & Performing Arts Division, will feature a talented cast of regional actors, custom designed period costumes, and a set built specifically for the Sprint Theater, the smaller of two theater venues at the college’s arts complex.

Many Shakespearean scholars consider Hamlet as the first purely psychological thriller. NWF State College theater professor Clint Mahle, who will direct the show, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter in Britain and also studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and the London Globe Theatre. Mahle noted that the acting style of the college’s production of Hamlet will be in keeping with modern tastes, but the play will feature theatrical conventions of Shakespeare’s time such as minimal scenery, talking to the audience, and quick flow of entrances and exits in an attempt to give the audience a feel for how Shakespeare’s theatre company might have performed the work.

Mahle describes the plot of Hamlet, with “tongue-in-cheek” as, “… Son is extremely bummed over his father’s death and mom’s hasty marriage to his uncle. Father’s ghost shows up and tells son he has been murdered by son’s uncle, father’s brother. Son becomes more confused and depressed as everyone he trusts seems to betray him. After some death and insanity, son figures out a plan. Almost everyone dies except son’s best friend and a bunch of baffled subjects of the kingdom.”

The cast for the college’s Spring production of Hamlet includes: Dylan Garofalo of Santa Rosa Beach will appear in the starring role of Hamlet. Other roles will be played by: Zachary Phillips of Niceville as Bernardo, First Player, Captain, and Second Clown; Ryan Collister of Niceville as Francisco, Reynaldo, Player King, and Fortinbras; Carla Von Kaenel of Niceville as Horatio; Tom Mosley of Freeport as Marcellus, Mute Player, and First Clown; Ron Altman of Niceville as the Ghost; Bruce Collier of DeFuniak Springs as Claudius; Bettye Keefer of Crestview as Gertrude; Adam Guiles of Niceville as Cornelius, The Poisoner, Gentleman, and Osric; Sheila Johnson of Crestview as Voltimand, Player Queen, Servant, and English Ambassador; Sean Royal of Fort Walton Beach as Laertes; Brett Huston of Niceville as Polonius; Megan Garofalo or Santa Rosa Beach as Ophelia; Rachel Wood of Fort Walton Beach as Rosencrantz; and Jason Mueller of Fort Walton Beach as Gildenstern