The Nebraska Repertory Theatre produces a haunted house inspired by Shakespeare's plays.
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Stay away from that book!
- [00:00:03.534]Will you save me?
- [00:00:04.824](man laughing)
- [00:00:05.657](woman screams)
- [00:00:07.228]Oh no!
- [00:00:09.000]Shakesfear is a Shakespeare-inspired
- [00:00:11.990]haunted house, so everything has your typical
- [00:00:14.300]haunted house conventions,
- [00:00:15.349](monster roars)
- [00:00:17.480]but with Shakespeare characters and Shakespeare-like flavor.
- [00:00:20.800]I play the grave Digger, so he's from Hamlet.
- [00:00:23.351]A grave digger! The houses he makes
- [00:00:25.660]last 'til Doomsday!
- [00:00:27.630]Audience members are going through
- [00:00:29.430]an immersive haunted Shakespearian world,
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- [00:00:35.658](man screams)
- [00:00:36.491](witch screams)
- [00:00:37.790]It is really cool. I mean, there's smoke effects,
- [00:00:40.290]there's laser effects, there's animatronics.
- [00:00:42.639](dog growls)
- [00:00:43.840]But the best part, I think, are the actors.
- [00:00:46.690]They make it unpredictable.
- [00:00:48.120]You have no idea what they're going to do,
- [00:00:49.960]but they're coming for you.
- [00:00:51.605](Puck wails)
- [00:00:53.680]I play Ophelia. In my three years of being here,
- [00:00:56.680]it's been the most different,
- [00:00:59.410]yet unique experience I've had with theater.
- [00:01:03.127]♪ Fools will follow and then regret it. ♪
- [00:01:06.199]♪ If you're a fool then come and get it. ♪
- [00:01:10.580]We have been working
- [00:01:11.640]on this set for months (laughs).
- [00:01:13.950]It's so intricate, it's so connected.
- [00:01:16.110]There's cables and air and pneumatics going everywhere,
- [00:01:19.540]and so it has taken months for us to build this.
- [00:01:22.540]If you know Shakespeare at all,
- [00:01:23.970]you could definitely see where their inspiration lies
- [00:01:26.800]and where they took it.
- [00:01:28.280]Still I feel like they did a good job
- [00:01:29.790]of being able to reach an audience
- [00:01:31.540]who doesn't really know Shakespeare.
- [00:01:33.703]Could I pick the specific moment
- [00:01:35.030]out of his play? No, but I'm still getting that same vibe,
- [00:01:38.740]that same sort of level of creepy spookiness from it.
- [00:01:42.443]So I think it'll work for everybody
- [00:01:43.801]regardless of their Shakespeare knowledge.
- [00:01:46.059](actor wails)
- [00:01:49.310]It's fun, you're going to laugh, but you will get scared.
- [00:01:52.440]Shakespeare was a demented guy.
- [00:01:54.400]He wrote some crazy characters
- [00:01:56.180]and they're all here to come after you.
- [00:01:58.829](witch laughing)
- [00:01:59.868](monster roars)
- [00:02:01.330]I like to say we're going to scare you
- [00:02:02.620]in the classiest way possible,
- [00:02:04.190]and we're probably going to scare
- [00:02:05.690]the Shakesfear out of you.
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