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‘Hamlet’ trunk tour to be held Friday evening in Minot library parking lot

Submitted Photo Matthew Murry as Hamlet and Tyler Folkedahl as Claudius in the North Dakota Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet. The group will put on an adaptation of the play in the Minot Public Library parking lot on Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. People will be able to watch the play from their cars and tune in on their car radios.

The North Dakota Shakespeare Festival will present the Hamlet Drive-In Trunk Tour from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Minot Public Library Parking Lot, 516 2nd Avenue SW.

The production is free but reservations are required for a parking spot.

Stephanie Faatz Murry, the producing artistic director, said Tuesday morning she was told there are 40 parking spots available in the library parking lot and so far the library director has said there are 20 reservations. People will be able to watch the live production from their vehicles and tune in on their car radios. Reservations can be made at www.northdakotashakespeare.com

Murry said the first parking lot production that was held Saturday in Bismarck drew a good crowd. The actors appreciated that spectators stayed in their cars to enjoy the play.

The production company is based in Grand Forks. Ordinarily the production would be a more traditional Shakespeare in the Park play, with the set staying put throughout the week. This year because of the coronavirus pandemic it seemed more appropriate to adapt the Shakespearean tragedy for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot and take Hamlet on tour, said Murry.

One of the actors in the production plays Hamlet while the three others each play three or four roles. They will take their costumes and sets out of two trunks.

According to the Shakespeare Festival, this draws from the Elizabethan tradition of Shakespeare troupes rolling into town with only a trunk full of supplies.

Cast members include Matthew Murry as Hamlet, Tyler Folkedahl as the Ghost, Claudius, Polonius, and the Gravedigger, Hannah Hill as Ophelia, Laertes, Player, and Osric, and Veronica Folkedahl as Horatio, Gertrude, and Player. Stage crew members are Stephanie Faatz Murry as director and tour manager, Camilla Morrison as costume designer, Tyler Smith as sound engineer, and Carrie Colton as text coach.

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