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Fight Director Joe Bostick to Choreograph Duel in WSA's Winter Production, 'I Hate Hamlet'

January 26, 2016
By Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson

Poulsbo, WA - West Sound Academy Theatre Department will present Paul Rudnick’s raucous comedy I Hate Hamlet as their winter production March 4 and 5 at the Olympic College Theatre, Bremerton, Campus.

1922 Poster for a production of Hamlet starring John BarrymoreThe cast and creative team for this exciting production of I Hate Hamlet are busy putting all the pieces together on this wildly imaginative ghost story, which is set in the Greenwich Village apartment that had once been occupied by John Barrymore in 1917.  A young and successful television actor Andrew Rally relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there's one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore's ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.

I Hate Hamlet calls for speed, comedy and unashamed boulevard comedy while demanding absolute precision and the West Sound Academy theatre students are rising to the occasion.  To give the production the eye-popping, athletic and theatrically dazzling fight scene between stage legend John Barrymore and TV star Andrew Rally, West Sound Academy has invited fight director Joe Bostick, from Toronto, Canada, to choreograph the infamous duel.  Bostick will teach two workshops at West Sound Academy for theatre students - Movement for the Stage and Stage Combat on Friday, January 29, and begin working with the cast of the production through Sunday, January 31 - over a three-day intensive workshop.

Joe BostickBostick has been working as a fight director/actor/teacher since 1982.
His training began with The Society of American Fight Directors and with various Fight Masters in North America. Most recently, he was the Fight Director for the National Theatre of Iceland’s production of The Heart of Robin Hood. Last fall, he also worked on other award winning productions of The Heart of Robin Hood in Winnipeg, Toronto and Boston at A.R.T. Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Ragtime. Three years ago, he was fortunate to work on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s production of The Wizard of Oz. He also choreographed the fights in the North American premiere and 1St U.S. tour of Dirty Dancing. He was the Associate Fight Director for the world premiere production of The Lord of the Rings in Toronto. Joe worked as Assistant Fight Director for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Canada). Some other companies he staged violence for include Drayton Entertainment, The Ron James Show, The Jon Dore Show, The Sean Cullen Show, Nightwood Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Francais, Theatre by the Bay, Stage West and Young People’s Theatre. He is also a founding member of Fight Director’s Canada and has taught at many Universities and Theatre Schools in Canada and the United States.

I Hate Hamlet features Sam Phillips ’16 as TV Star Andrew Rally, Joey Schmitt ’16 as John Barrymore, Audrey Jordan ’18 as New York realtor Felicia Dantene, Annika Nelson ’18 as Rally’s girlfriend Deirdre McDavey, Angie Mead ’16 as Rally’s NY Agent, Lillian Troy, and Johannes Zodet ‘ 17 as Rally’s LA Producer – Gary Peter Lefkowitz.

The production is directed by Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson with student director Jackson Vogt, fight choreographer Joe Bostick and directing intern Siri Nelson.   The production team is lead by Stage Manager Alena Pulhug and Assistant Stage Manager Wyatt Weber.  The Design team includes Ben Silvernale and Karsten Hald for Set Design; Cornelia Thane and Natalia Harmia for Costume Design; Props and Set Artists are Ben Taylor and Ruby Gsellman.

Tickets are $10 General Admission, $7 for students with ID and $5 for Senior Citizens. 
For more information contact Gretchen Nordleaf-Nelson at (360) 598-5954
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