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Something wicked: Maclennan's final Thorneloe production 'Macbeth'  begins this week

After 20 years of teaching, theatre prof washes hands with bloody classic

Perhaps you read it in high school, or studied it in university. Nothing compares to seeing it live.
In partnership with Cambrian College Theatre Arts Technical Production programs, Thorneloe University presents "Macbeth" from March 16 to March 24.

"Macbeth" also marks the final production for Dr. Ian Maclennan, who has been teaching at Thorneloe for more than 20 years. The theatre professor has directed, acted, and taught in Britain, the U.S., Australia and Taiwan. 

"It's a very well-known play and I wanted to go out on something that people will really want to see," Maclennan said Monday. 

A perenially popular piece of Shakespeare's work, Macbeth is an iconic exploration of deception, conspiracy and death, depicting a world where ambition and loyalty hang in the balances, and leaving one of those qualities bleeding out.

Visitors should expect classic Shakespeare done exceedingly well and will be surprised by the stage at Thorneloe's Ernie Checkeris Theatre. Building on the tradition of setting Shakespeare's 17th century works in other time periods, this production of Macbeth takes place in a near-future in a world ravaged by war. 

"I think the really cool thing about this production is that it's taking place in a really worn down theatre," said Alicia Brand, who is playing one of the three witches. "It's post-apocolyptic, so that's what makes it kind of different and interesting." 

And while Maclennan wraps up two decades of teaching at Thorneloe, as in theatre, the show must go on. Less than a week after Macbeth's run ends at the university, Maclennan's run at Thorneloe ends, too.

"On Easter Sunday, I leave for Manila to direct and teach for five months in the Philippines," said Maclennan of what's next. "I'm directing my own adaptation of Taming of the Shrew, which is six soldiers doing Taming of the Shrew in the barracks."
Tickets may be purchased by phoning 705-673-1730, ext. 0 or online on Event Brite.