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New Theatre Company in Jax:

Macbeth
CCCC’s Bodenhamer Auditorium
Fine Arts Building
444 Western Blvd.
11/3-5, 8 p.m. • $2-$5
910-938-6234

TORTURED SOUL: Justin Rigdon as Macbeth, with (left to right) witches Lacie Marquess, Willie R. Brooks and Donna DuPont. Courtesy photo.

The first time i remember truly understanding Shakespeare’s work was when I was 16. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes’ “Romeo and Juliet” came out and hooked me immediately. The bard’s usage of metaphor, theme, symbol, motif, and his manipulation with character and moral integrity all fascinated me. In college, I made sure to take any course that revolved around his tactics of storytelling.

One of Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces, still hailed across modern classrooms, stages and film studios, is “Macbeth.” A tale swooning in the guts of tragedy and drama, all with love at its center, it will come to life as New River Players make their debut at Coastal Carolina Community College. Directed by Eric Kildow, “Macbeth”will run for three nights, beginning November 3rd. The performance will be open to the Jacksonville community at large, and folks will surely revel in Kildow’s veteran directing hands and extensive performance record.

“I started directing at Michigan State University and at the Michigan Young Playwrights Festival,” Kildow explains. “When I moved to Texas, one of the things I was interested in was taking obscure plays or plays people thought were not audience-friendly and help direct them in such a way the audience could very much enjoy. Then, I bounced over to Savannah, Georgia, at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Now, I’m here at Coastal Carolina and I couldn’t be more excited. Our students are all so talented, and I’ve noticed that none of them [seem] nervous. We’re all just very excited and want everyone to enjoy the show.”

New River Players will bring the most authoritative and significant plays in English literature to Onslow County. Kildow’s dedication will help better our artistic community, “wherein New River Players and the college’s theatre productions build a real partnership.” Kildow strives to teach growing artists and entertainers not only to find their inner passion but how to partner with individuals and businesses. “This is where we live; this is where we work,” he says, “and this is where we want to make theatre.”

It is a sentiment echoed proudly by Colette Teachey, Coastal Carolina’s public information officer and executive director. “Part of Coastal’s mission is to provide personal and cultural enrichment for our community of Jacksonville. . . . Coastal’s theatre productions are invaluable additions to our cultural event offerings, are comparable to the finest theatre programs in the state, and always fun to attend. Past productions of Coastal’s Drama Department have included musicals, satirical dramas, children’s productions and the classics.”

Starring Coastal Carolina students Justin Rigdon as Macbeth, Kelly Dickson as Lady Macbeth and Justin Detres as Malcolm, Kildow promises one doesn’t have to be an aficionado in Shakespeare’s work to enjoy the show. “If you have never been exposed to ‘Macbeth,’ this is the perfect introduction,” he says. “It’s an active immortal tale about when you overreach. You can do it as Shakespeare intended, without stretching the patience of the modern audience.”

In watching a sneak peek of “Macbeth,” the passion and dedication projected by each actor and actress to the audience will debunk any ignorant misconception that a community college is merely a point of transit. Ready and always willing to remind everyone Coastal Carolina is different, with every innovative project or entertaining performance, the show will educate, entertain and best of all make arts lovers proud of our evolving city.

“‘Macbeth’ is about having a lot of fun,” Kildow says. “It’s about ambition, the face of evil and all those things we go to the theatre for but don’t want to see in our daily lives. It’s what theatre is meant to be.”

Opening night is November 3rd, and the play runs through the 5th. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m., with tickets at $5 for the general public, and $2 for students, senior citizens and military.

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