'Henry IV' presentations scheduled this weekend
CHAMPAIGN — The World Stage Homeschool Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare's "Henry IV" at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave., C.
The performances are free.
Shakespeare wrote "Henry IV" as two plays, Part 1 and Part 2, but the World Stage production will be abridged to present both plays together.
A plot summary:
"Steve Senseney of Atwood plays King Henry IV, wracked with guilt over his taking of the throne from Richard II, with threats from rebellious uprisings throughout his kingdom, and with anxiety over the seeming irresponsibility of his son and heir, Prince Hal.
"Prince Hal (Jacob Doehring of Savoy) spends his time cavorting with irresponsible Falstaff (Jared De Roo of Foosland) and assorted other lowlifes in the tavern. Henry wishes Hal would be more like Hotspur (Michael Limentato of Champaign), a warrior of high honor.
"The king's death will tell what sort of king Prince Hal will become, whether the people will be doomed to suffer under the reign of a self-absorbed sovereign intent on his own amusement, or whether Hal will become the wise and honorable king who will restore his nation."
The cast includes 33 actors, mostly home-schooled teenagers from Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities.
The play is directed by Elizabeth Nicol of Urbana.