Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera brings the city’s first-ever Shakespeare in the Park production to the Historic Meador Homestead Oct. 12-15. 

HCLO’s ‘Lagniappe’ production of Macbeth, Shakespeare’s shortest, and perhaps his bloodiest, tragedy marks a paradigm shift for the venerable organization, which has brought theatre to the Pine Belt for 42 years running.

“Lagniappe means ‘a little something extra,’” said HCLO President Lindsay Williams. “This show represents a very special addition to our regular season. This year we’re producing more shows than ever before, five shows total, and we’re truly offering something for everybody. It’s only fitting that something classical is part of that mix and nothing is more classic in the realm of theatre than Shakespeare.”

The show will be performed on a three-acre park, dotted with rustic, historic cabins, a lake, and surrounded by woods that director Rob Mulholland hopes will add to Macbeth’s ominous brew of witches, prophecies, murders and tragic ambition.

Mulholland has also chosen to open the show

at dusk, a decision that he believes will heighten

the drama.

“As twilight begins, the grounds of the Meador estate gradually become enshrouded in an almost mystical glow, proving a perfect backdrop for what is perhaps Shakespeare's most mysterious and atmospheric creation, Macbeth,” said Williams. “And it arrives just in time for Halloween! October is the perfect month for Shakespeare’s spookiest play.”

Macbeth traces the rise and fall of a Scottish general who receives an enticing prophecy from three witches that he will become king. Consumed by ambition and goaded by his cunning wife, Macbeth sets out to make the witches’ prediction reality by murdering his king, Duncan, and anyone else who stands in his way. But, with power attained, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth find themselves literally and figuratively haunted by the ghosts of their misdeeds and they slowly descend into madness and despair.

Meador Homestead is located at 6775 U.S. 49 N, about one mile past the Convention Center on the left. Show begins at twilight (approximately 6:30) Thursday through Sunday (Oct. 12-15). Beverages (alcoholic and non) will be available for purchase. Picnic dinners can be brought if audience members desire or the Homestead will offer a Scottish treat of scones, lemon curd and clotted cream for purchase (must be purchased in advance; you will be given an option when ordering on the web or by phone).

Tickets are available at 1.800.838.3006 or by clicking the ticket link at Audience members are encouraged to come early (around 5:30) to stroll the grounds, have a bite to eat and enjoy the verdant beauty of one of Hattiesburg’s hidden treasures.