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37 Shakespeare works in 90 minutes? Hemet school takes on the challenge

By in Press Enterprise on November 3, 2017

By Diane A. Rhodes

  • Johnny Massis as Romeo tries to woo a reluctant Juliet (Samantha Santoyo) during a rehearsal for Tahquitz High School’s upcoming stage production. (Courtesy of Monica Reichl)

  • Hamlet, played by Francisco Penuelas, has a breakdown trying to perform his “to be or not to be” speech while narrators Guadalupe Loyola and Monica Granados try to encourage him to go on. (Courtesy of Monica Reichl)

    Hamlet, played by Francisco Penuelas, has a breakdown trying to perform his “to be or not to be” speech while narrators Guadalupe Loyola and Monica Granados try to encourage him to go on. (Courtesy of Monica Reichl)

  • Monica Granados is one of the narrators for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised)” that opens Nov. 8 at Hemet's Tahquitz High School. (Courtesy of Monica Reichl)

    Monica Granados is one of the narrators for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised)” that opens Nov. 8 at Hemet’s Tahquitz High School. (Courtesy of Monica Reichl)

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Performing Shakespeare can be daunting for any actor but to present all 37 of the Bard’s works in 90 minutes might seem impossible. Yet that is exactly what Hemet’s Tahquitz High School students will be doing as they take the stage for “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Revised)” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9.

Monica Reichl, who has taught theater classes at the school for 11 years, is no stranger to the stage having performed with local production companies for many years, including several times in the title role of “Ramona” and as Aunt Ri, both in Hemet’s long-running outdoor play. She has also acted with Shakespeare in the Vines, the Ramona Hillside Players and several others.

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