I usually work on Thursdays, but today I didn’t have to go to school because most of my students had a field trip, conveniently enough, to Palma, where I live. Rather than having us (the other auxiliar and me) schlepp out and back with the students, the teachers invited us to the castle tour that they were doing, as well as the rendition of Hamlet that they were seeing, and said we could meet them in Palma. We biked up to the bottom of the mountain that the castle is on, and hiked to the top.
It was gorgeous! The castle – Castell de Bellver – itself was kind of underwhelming as far as castles go… it wasn’t like anyone really lived there for an extended period of time, and it wasn’t completely open and set as if it was still the 14th century. There was a museum downstairs, and the architecture was decent, but the views were amazing! It’s set on a hilltop off to the side of the harbor, and there really were incredible views any way you looked. I know I’m spoiled living in such a beautiful place and I already forget to take the time to look around and enjoy, but being up in the castle forced me to enjoy the views today.
I’m not going to do any more justice to Hamlet than I can describing the harbor views, but, it starred only two people – two guys who I think were British. They started out by running down the aisles of the dark theater shining flashlights on their faces in the dark, and soon broke into singing Bohemian Rhapsody while taking off their clothing and dancing suggestively. Especially the dude in the clingy unitard. I was with a group of high school students – 15-17 years old. The play ended with one of the guys dressing up like Elton John and running around the stage with a streamer a-la Ribbon Dancer (check out YouTube if you forget the glory that it was) while singing The Circle of Life. The middle of the play featured audience participation, as well as the Muppets. I can’t make this stuff up. I looked it up on the Palma Auditorium website, and it’s nowhere to be found. I do know I will never forget Hamlet now, and the students seemed to enjoy it at least.
I don’t have any pictures of Hamlet (other than what’s unfortunately burned into my retina), but I do have pictures from the castle for you to enjoy.
Hope you have a good rest of the week! Does the Hamlet I went to sound anything like the play you studied in school?