San Marcos High School student actors will perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.

San Marcos High School student actors will perform The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. (Courtesy photo)

San Marcos High School Technical Theater students are in for the challenge of a lifetime: building a virtual replica of the Globe Theatre on the San Marcos theater stage, in preparation for their upcoming performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, which will transport the audience hundreds of years in the past, yet place them center stage of the action-packed performance.

Taking viewers on a wild Elizabethan ride, student cast members will weave their way though 37 plays in 93 minutes. Audience members can follow technical director Jonathan Mitchell as he creates a vision that offers an experience such as Elizabethan theater-goers would have had in the 1600s.

The audience will cry through tragedies, laugh at comedies, scream in horror at thrilling scenes, and be awed by beautiful Shakespearean romances that appear before their eyes.

“I am looking forward to exploring a conventional role in an unconventional way,” said actor Roz Borah.

“The best thing about this show is the cast and the freedom the writers have given us to insert our own magic into the script and performance,” said director Shannon Saleh. “Well done comedy takes a tremendous amount of teamwork and precise timing, and that is the challenge of this show.”

Showtimes are 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3; 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

Groundling seating starts a mere one foot from the stage, and audience royalty seating looks down on the groundling as well as down onto the stage itself. Audience members will have the opportunity to be stars under the stars each night of the show.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.smhstheaterdept.com.

— Shannon Saleh for San Marcos HIgh School.