The Hofstra Department of Drama and Dance presented its touring production of “Something Wicked,” a one-hour adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” at Mepham on March 10.

This drama/tragedy is about the struggle between one’s ambition and conscience. The main character, Macbeth, is told his prophecy by the three witches. He must decide what he’s going to make of it, with his ambition and conscience playing huge roles in his internal struggle. There are scenes filled with suspense and secrecy about the murder of the king. Using his famous puns, Shakespeare also throws in a little bit of humor about the murder.

The set for this production had no scenery – only a series of chests and trunks – and minimal props, relying mainly on spacing and timing. The performers successfully and creatively made the most of a minimal set. This allowed the audience to build their own version of the play using their imagination.

“This was a great opportunity for students to experience one of Shakespeare’s most popular works in a truncated, student-friendly production,” said English teacher Edward Grosskreuz. “Being able to go from page to stage, from words to life, gives students new depth, understanding and appreciation of this perennial classic.”