Update on Oct. 21, 2021: The November production of "Mac Beth" has been canceled.
The Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival this year will feature two productions that are adaptations of Shakespeare plays.
The two productions are a deviation from the customary one show with a guest actor, said James Bell, managing director of the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival. Plans also call for outreach to K-12 students as well as short a short "green show" on campus to help promote the performances.
"Mac Beth," an adaptation by Erica Schmidt, is on tap first, with 7:30 p.m. performances on November 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on November 14. The show will be in the Keller Black Box Theatre at the Haas Center for Performing Arts in Allendale.
This adaptation features seven school girls in a contemporary setting whose performance of the tragedy "Macbeth" blends into their realities.
The next show presented by the Shakespeare Festival will be in January, Bell said. That show, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," by Tom Stoppard is "a classic 'Hamlet' mashup featuring two side characters from 'Hamlet,' and he uses them as a way of critiquing theater, which is especially interesting after the pandemic," Bell said.