Mission: Play with your food.
quite kindly agreed to collaborate on this project (this despite the fact that Sparrow had already completed "Fun With Food" and therefore could not be added as a collaborator to get points. When you're done here, go take a look at Sparrow's praxes, they are made out of awesome).
The instructions for this task are "Play with your food." We chose Macbeth, since it is one of Shakespeare's better known plays. Besides, a tragedy seemed appropriate for a task where most of the actors would not survive the night.
The gummies auditioned for roles.* The gummy actors, however, tried to put a modern spin on Macbeth that was deemed unacceptable by Sparrow and Evil Sugar.
The gummy thespians insisted that avantLOL was an up and coming style in theater. Their arguments were tiresome, and the entire troupe of thespians mysteriously disappeared.
The Green Team** was dispatched to the grocery store to obtain a more acceptable cast:
Having acquired a fresh set of actors, we were now ready to perform the play.
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Sugar Fall Theatre Presents
The Tragedy of Macbeth
by William Shakespeare
KING DUNCAN - Red onion
MACBETH - Eggplant
LADY MACBETH - Eggplant
BANQUO - Olive
MACDUFF - Red Pepper
LENNOX - Garlic
THREE WITCHES - Lemons
MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, ROSSE, ANGUS - Cherry tomatoes
ATTENDANTS, APPARITIONS, ETC - Cherry tomatoes
All parts were voiced by Evil Sugar and Sparrows Fall.
Costumes by Sparrows Fall and Evil Sugar.
Special effects by Evil Sugar and Sparrow's Fall.
Act I - Scene iii
MACBETH and BANQUO encounter THREE WITCHES.
MACBETH: Speak, if you can, what are you?
WITCH 1: All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!
WITCH 2: All hail, Macbeth, hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!
WITCH 3: All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be King hereafter!
. . .
WITCH 1: Lesser than Macbeth, and greater.
WITCH 2: Not so happy, yet much happier.
WITCH 3: Thou shalt (be)get kings, though thou be none.
WITCHES disappear, enter ROSSE and ANGUS.
ANGUS: We are sent to give thee from our royal master thanks, only to herald thee into his sight, not to pay thee.
ROSSE: And for an earnest of a greater honor, he bade me, from him, call the Thane of Cawdor; in which addition, hail, most worthy thane, for it is thine.
(The prophecy has begun to come true...Macbeth was already Thane of Glamis, and he is now the Thane of Cawdor as well! Maybe the witches are on to something. Could he one day become king?)
Act I, scene vi
KING DUNCAN, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, BANQUO, LENNOX, MACDUFF, ROSSE, ANGUS and ATTENDANTS arrive at Macbeth's castle. They are greeted by LADY MACBETH.
DUNCAN: See, see, our honor'd hostess!
(King Duncan would not be so happy to see Lady Macbeth if he knew what she and Macbeth were plotting...)
ACT II, scene ii
MACBETH has killed KING DUNCAN, and now meets with LADY MACBETH to decide what to do. LADY MACBETH wants him to go back and plant the bloody daggers on KING DUNCAN's attendants.
MACBETH: I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done; look on't again I dare not.
LADY MACBETH: Damn it, do I have to do everything around here?? Give me the daggers.
(After King Duncan's murder, his sons (DONALBAIN and MALCOLM) flee the country. This is great news for MACBETH, because it makes them look guilty and clears his way to the throne. But he's still really worried about the WITCHES' prophecy -- that BANQUO's descendants would be kings.)
(BANQUO is killed (poor little olive), but BANQUO's young son escapes.)
ACT III, scene iv
A banquet. MACBETH (now king) and LADY MACBETH host a banquet with LENNOX and assorted lords and ladies in attendance. The ghost of BANQUO crashes the party.
GHOST OF BANQUO: Whooooooo! Oooooooooh!
MACBETH: Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee! Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold; thou hast no speculation in those eyes which thou dost glare with!
(All the party guests now think that MACBETH has teh crazies. LADY MACBETH ATTEMPTS to cover for him, but I don't think they bought it.)
Act IV scene i
Desperate, MACBETH returns to the THREE WITCHES for more advice. (Which makes perfect sense since the witches were so helpful the first time around...) The WITCHES call up three apparitions to tell Macbeth what to do.
APPARITION 1: Beware Macduff.
APPARITION 2: No man of woman born shall harm Macbeth.
APPARITION 3: If the forrest starts coming up the hill, you're doomed.
(Macbeth hears these prophesies, and foolishly feels much better. He'd feel a lot worse if (a) he knew that Macduff was delivered via c-section, which apparently doesn't count as being born, and (b) a bunch of soldiers carrying tree branches are about to attack his castle.)
Act V, scene viii
MACDUFF: The witches gave you a false sense of security. I was born by c-section. Muahahaha!
MACBETH: Damn witches.
- THE END -
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At the end of the play, the cast came out on stage to take a bow.
The gummies gave them a standing ovation. Some bears clapped so hard they fell over.
When the audience had cleared out, the actors were all taken backstage and killed. Evil Sugar plucked out their peppercorn eyeballs and together with Sparrows Fall chopped the cast into little pieces. Since the task was "play with your food," we thought it was important that at least a portion of each actor was eaten. The post-production meal consisted of the several actor-laden dishes, served with a side of pita bread.
Sliced vegetable tray:
KING DUNCAN, MACDUFF, ROSSE, ANGUS, MALCOLM, DONALBAIN, APPARITIONS and ATTENDANTS.
Alternate vegetable tray (with actors deemed unfit for the production):
Cucumber, Celery, and a few dozen understudies for the part of BANQUO.
MACBETH, LADY MACBETH, LENNOX, olive oil, tahini paste, salt, pepper, spices.
chick peas, LENNOX, olive oil, salt & pepper.
One of the guests at the after party provided a lovely fruit tart for dessert, and another guest brought star fruit.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the task, but Evil Sugar could not resist showing off such a tasty dessert.
* NOTE: Gummies are, technically, food for humans, and therefore would be acceptable actors for this task. They volunteered, since gummies are quite fond of theater. They were so excited, in fact, that they failed to think through the consequences of participating in this particular task -- the inevitable consumption of the actors. In the end, though, their acting was so terrible that they didn't even make it to the start of the play. NOM NOM NOM.
** NOTE: The White Team is working on a task, which should be posted shortly. Please be patient.
*** NOTE: This is the director's cut of Macbeth. Some scenes were deemed unnecessary to the basic plot, and were not performed. (Gummy bears have very short attention spans.) However, the Acts/scenes are numbered according to the original play, in case anyone (nerd!) wants to follow along at home.
And that's a wrap. Be sure to check out the images below for the director commentary and a mini-documentary entitled "Macbeth: The Making of a Tragedy."