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"Hamlet" Goes Disco In New Musical Production On South Coast

It’s Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it or heard it before. To dance, or not to dance. That is the question, as a new production of “Hamlet” in Ventura County is set in a 1970’s disco.

This unique production of Shakespeare’s classic is the result of a project a Thousand Oaks drama professor started decades ago. California Lutheran University drama professor Ken Gardner says his musical “Hamlet” boils down the three hour play to one act, and about 75 minutes.

In this version of Hamlet, he comes home from Denmark University to find out what led to the death of his father, who was the “King of The Dance Floor” at New York’s "Club Elsinore."

Gardner says while the musical hits the high points of Shakespeare’s classic, it tries to do it in fun way.

“Hamlet” runs through April 30th at CLU’s Black Box Theater, on the university’s campus. CLU is the parent of KCLU Radio.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.