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Rifle’s ‘Richard’ far from poor

Amanda Holt Miller

Forget “The Apprentice” re-runs this weekend.If it’s corporate-scheming drama you crave, check out Rifle High School.RIFLE – Forget “The Apprentice” re-runs this weekend.If it’s corporate-scheming drama you crave, check out Rifle High School. The school’s play, which shows at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, is Shakespeare’s “Richard III.”Rifle’s version does not follow the traditional telling of Shakespeare’s historical drama. Rather, RHS drama teachers Scott Winter and Scott Lee adapted the script and set the story in a modern-day, cutthroat corporate board room. So, instead of wearing heavy 17th-century garb, the cast dons power suits and striped ties.Dressed for success, James Andre, who plays Richard III, duke of Gloucester, orders the removal of those ahead of him in line to be the chief executive officer of York Inc. – all in iambic pentameter. While the setting of the play is updated to appeal to a modern audience, the dialogue is still traditional Shakespeare.Rifle High School has not produced a Shakespearean play in the past four years, Winter said. The last Shakespeare play at the school was “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”Winter said “Richard III” is not a popularly performed Shakespearean play, especially among high school students. “Most of the time when high schools do Shakespeare, they do a comedy or maybe ‘Romeo and Juliet,'” said Winter, who directed the play. “They may do another drama, but it’s pretty rare to see one of his historical plays.”Like most Shakespearean dramas, the play is chock full of death. But since this rendition of “Richard III” is set in today’s modern business world, the gory death scenes are played offstage. Winter said it was easy to simply imply death, or in this case, resignation, since Richard III never took care of business himself, but ordered executioners to do it for him.”It’s all bloodless and cold,” Winter said. “It really adds to the creepiness of it all. And it fits with the corporate element.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245, ext. 103ahmiller@citizentelegram.com


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