Faith & Spirituality

March 21, 2014

Modern lessons from Shakespeare tragedy

PLATTSBURGH — Turning Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” into a lesson on morals for the younger generation will be the focus of a play to be staged at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

“Macbeth: A Kid’s Cautionary Tale Concerning Greed, Power, Mayhem and Other Current Events,” is slated to go on stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 30, at the 4 Palmer St. church.

The play, adapted by Nancy Linehan Charles, “has allowed us to use the well-known tale to confront moral issues in our religious education program,” Director of Religious Education Kris Lutters said in a press release.

In conjunction with “Tapestry of Faith: Moral Tales,” the goal is to help children understand the importance of right and wrong.

The church youth will take the Macbeth tragedy and twist it into a comedic commentary with a message.

The fellowship’s annual religious education play has become a tradition, with its first performance 28 years ago.

“The world was in the midst of the Cold War and our first show was titled, ‘The Peace Child,’” Lutter said. “In it teenagers from the United States and Soviet Union worked together to move the world closer to peace.”

Other scripts integrated into the fellowship’s religious education programs include “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” skits from “Free to Be Me and You,” “Christmas Carol” and “Honk.”

The intergenerational communication provides a special opportunity for addressing the ills of society — ethically, spiritually and socially.

“These plays have become a highlight of our church calendar,” Lutter said. “They generate tremendous enthusiasm and tremendous opportunity.”

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