Not everyone loves Hamlet

"This is the most professional group I've ever worked with," said Pelletier, a former actor with HMT. "It's been a second job for the cast."

Rehearsals have been ongoing since the end of February auditions. Cast members work four nights a week and on Sunday afternoons.

"Their dedication is endless," said MacLellan. "This is their passion and they want to make it a career. HMT attracts great talent.

MacLellan likened the group to an "extended family," noting many in the cast and crew work on all the productions during a season.

Founded in 1985, HMT is a community theater with a professional edge. The company is a unique blend of the efforts of professional directors, designers, technicians, local actors, and hundreds of volunteers in all areas of production.

HMT stages four productions each season, between October and May. They also offer dinner theater packages with area restaurants for the three main stage productions. Each December, there is a "Theater for Families" production.

HMT also offers acting classes for children, teens, and adults.

HMT was incorporated in 1985, and founded by Jonathan Foster and Susan Miller.

The company has grown from a 55-seat theater at CaffE Lena, in 1985, to its first three-production season in the 496-seat Spa Little Theater in 1986. In its 1990-91 season, the Theater for Families production was added.

"This is as good a production as you'd find in New York City," said Pelletier. "Artists of all kinds flock to Saratoga Springs; it's just a beautiful place to experience the arts."

"I Hate Hamlet" continues its run on Fridays and Saturdays, April 27 and 28, May 4 and 5, at 8:15 p.m. and Sundays, April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m.

For information or to purchase tickets, call Homemade Theater's box office at 586-4427. or visit www.homemadetheater.org. ""

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