Seniors Put Pop Culture Twist On Hamlet Night

By Dave Olson
English Teacher

On October 26, all the sixth form students gathered in Berkshire's Great Room for Hamlet Night. A Berkshire tradition dating back decades, Hamlet Night asks students to take Shakespeare's master work and adapt it to have modern day themes and relevance. The resulting show in which the whole play is performed beginning to end is a fun evening that showcases students' great creativity and nuanced understanding of the classic tragedy. This year's event was no different, featuring modern updates that ranged from Gossip Girl to Veggie Tales and Spongebob Squarepants to Stephen King's It.

Dr. A.J. Kohlhepp, whose class took a hip-hop interpretation to Hamlet with Straight out of Elsinore, praised Hamlet Night as "one of the most amazing collaborative opportunities that Berkshire offers." After the curtain dropped and the experience was over students also echoed this sentiment. Kelley Maurer '18 explained that "in our preparation every member of the class brought something different and valuable to the project, and, having watched all the other classes perform, it was clear that happened everywhere."

After the show, a panel of faculty judges conferred and decided on an overall "Best Scene" and several other equally prestigious awards. The winners will be revealed during an upcoming all-school meeting, where the winning scene will have an encore presentation for the whole school community.