By Michelle Carpenter
Feb 02, 2017

BYU’s Youth Friendly Macbeth Offers Scouts Discounts

Boys sit back in their red theater chairs, chomping on greasy popcorn, eager for the latest action flick to start. Very typical. Nothing’s wrong with typical, of course. Exciting action films are grand.

But, what if the action wasn’t on a movie screen? What if it was on a stage? The characters stand in line to greet audience members. An individual stumbles over his monologue. Special effects require more than computer animation.

Not so typical.

On February 8th-10th (or 15th-17th), Cub Scouts can clamor into typical theater chairs for an atypical experience.

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s famous tale of wicked kings and witches’ curses has been adapted to introduce 9 to 12 year-olds to a new world of culture and language. A band of nimble actors uses swords, puppets, masks, and imagination in this tale of “vaulting ambition” that stresses the consequences of choice.

Can Shakespeare truly be adapted for young boys? According to BYU news, the director created of focus group of 9 to 14 year-old-boys to watch early rehearsals and give feedback. The boys compared the show to Harry Potter or Star Wars. Their feedback lead decisions made by the creative team for the show.

So, let your Scouts sit back, relax, and enjoy the “Scottish Play”. They may not chomp down on popcorn, but they will chomp down on historical language, art, and some serious action.

Scouts can purchase discount tickets for $4-$5. Call (801) 422-2981 for availability and more information.

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Author: Michelle Carpenter | Marketing Associate, Utah National Parks Council.

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One thought on “BYU’s Youth Friendly Macbeth Offers Scouts Discounts

  1. Darryl AlderDarryl Alder

    This will pass off requirement 1 for the Theater merit badge. Scout who go after the badet will learn to appreciate live performances as members of the audience as well as go behind the footlights to see the view from the other side. Much more goes on in theater than ever meets the audience’s eye and this will be good start for your Scouts

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