Shelburne Players’ “I Hate Hamlet” opens Friday

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Fencing coach Paul Ugalde works with Shelburne Players cast members Dave Belvedere (left) and Noah Kanter (right) during rehearsal for “I Hate Hamlet” which opens Friday night at Shelburne Town Center.

Weeks of rehearsals that even included swordplay come to a close Friday as the Shelburne Players’ fall comedy production “I Hate Hamlet” opens for six performances this weekend and next.

The play by Paul Rudnick will be performed onstage at the Shelburne Town Center, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday as well as Nov. 15 and 17; and a 2 p.m. matinee this Sunday.

The production is aimed at mature audiences. It follows the story of a man exploring what it means to be a real actor and having to choose between a Hollywood career and Hamlet in the park. Producer is Sue Martin; director is Betsy Jaffee and Zach Robinson is stage manager.

In the run-up to the show, actors spent time honing their fencing techniques with coach and production fight coordinator Paul Ugalde of South Burlington in their rehearsal space at Trinity Episcpoal Church in Shelburne.

The Shelburne Players is a volunteer community theater group that presents two plays a year.

Tickets: $15 or $12 for the matinee, and can be purchased in advance at Shelburne Market. For more information or to reserve tickets go to or call 343-2602. Open seating.

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