Shakespeare\u2019s, Hamlet will be performed by Bridgeport International Academy with students from the University of Bridgeport, Housatonic Community College, Bridge Academy and St. Anne\u2019s Academy on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m., at the University of Bridgeport\u2019s Dana Hall. To purchase tickets call 203-334-3434. Tickets will be sold at the door, but space is limited. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $7. Bridgeport International Academy\u2019s Drama Program, under the direction of Lena Yasutake, has created a rendition of Hamlet that is raw and relatable. \u201cIt\u2019s definitely a very iconic role\u201d said Joshua van Geldern, who is starring in the lead role. \u201cWhen you think of acting, the image of Hamlet with his skull often comes to mind.\u201d With half of BIA\u2019s student body participating, the show gives both international and local students the opportunity to express themselves and collaborate. The BIA Drama Program aims to equip students with professional skills as well as create performance opportunities. Students take headshots, write resumes and have opportunities to intern in stagecraft or costume design. The costumes created for Hamlet are all made in-house with the help of the students at Bridgeport International Academy\u2019s Costume Shop. The internship program is also open to students from other schools. The Costume Shop is eco-friendly and community-conscious. All the costumes that will be seen on stage are made from upcycled, repurposed material that has been donated or purchased by the school from local charities and beautifully constructed by volunteer seamstresses. Yasutake, who also designs the costumes, says \u201cyes, the costumes are amazing, but that\u2019s not enough. We want each one to be beautiful, meaningful, and sustainable.\u201d While the performance showcases students from China, Korea, and Japan, it also has very strong roots in the Bridgeport community. Local artist Michelle Nishiwaki, an award-winning graphic designer, donated the design for the Hamlet T Shirt being made by Mark\u2019s Art in Blackrock. It\u2019s not just local businesses, seniors and artists getting in on the act; artists from all over the country have donated original works to be sold at the play to raise funds for the Drama Program. Yasutake is bowled over by the support. Dr. David Burton, a chemistry professor at the University of Bridgeport, is taking his wife Dr. Kathleen Burton, who teaches French at Yale University, for their anniversary. \u201cI\u2019ve never seen it\u201d he says \u201cso I\u2019m quite looking forward to it.\u201d This is a dark and gritty take on Hamlet so be sure to leave little ones at home. According to the headmaster of the school, Dr. LaGrotteria, \u201cyou are going to have a transforming experience. I have attended rehearsals and I can tell you it\u2019s going to be great!\u201d About Bridgeport International Academy Positioned adjacent to the beautiful seaside campus of the University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport International Academy is a private college preparatory high school with access to university facilities and courses. Bridgeport International Academy, now in its 20th year, is a place where students meet the world. Diversity and character education are hallmarks of the institution, with an integrated student body that are from the United States, Korea, China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam. For more information visit bridgeportacademy.org.