Considering the current array of graphic television shows, films and video games desensitizing the masses, most wouldn't bat an eye these days watching the bloody storyline of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" unfold.


However, that may not be the case with the newly formed Ghost Light Theater's production of the Shakespearean tragedy Thursday through Saturday at Hesperia's Encore High School, 16955 Lemon St.


According to Brittany Harter, co-founder of Ghost Light Theater, audiences should be forewarned that their inaugural show aims to deliver a shockingly realistic portrayal of mayhem and murder.


"Our motto is the line from the show, 'blood will have blood,' " said Harter, a native of Victorville. "We don't want to glamorize violence but at the same time, it's our intention to bring a realism to theater in the High Desert that hasn't been done before. All in all, it's about seeing our vision of 'Macbeth' come to life with nothing held back."


In short, "Macbeth" is a work of fiction about a general in the Scottish King Duncan's army who embarks on a murderous venture to kill Duncan in order to take his title. His actions are initially inspired by three witches he encounters, who predict his ominous career path.


The idea to stage "Macbeth" was formulated in January by Harter, as well as High Desert residents Michael Nevarez, Angel Rojas and Ian Noone. The team of thespians met while performing in productions forthe Victorville-based Shenanigans Youth Theatre Group.


Harter said they had all dreamed of one day starting a theater company in the Victor Valley with the aim of keeping the dramatic arts alive among today's youth. Their production of "Macbeth" will feature 23 local actors, ranging from high school and college students to retirees.


"So many of our friends have said things like, 'my life will start when I get out of the High Desert,' which is unfortunate," said Harter, 22, who graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in English.


"There are a lot of talented and creative people here and Michael, Angel and Ian and I agree that it's important to inspire and educate the young people in our community. We want to show them how awesome live theater can be."


Nevarez, who is co-directing "Macbeth" with Rojas, admits getting kids to flock to live theater can be challenging. He feels that is due to people having difficulty suspending their disbelief and using their imaginations, which is necessary when viewing a stage production.


To compensate, the Oak Hills native said he and Rojas decided to incorporate cinematic elements like dramatic sound and lighting effects into "Macbeth."


"While I'm not a fan of over-the-top gore, 'Macbeth' is a horrific and bloody tragedy," said Nevarez. "I want to take the show to an unexpected place and have people saying, 'Oh my gosh, they really did that?' I'm confident that with the way we have staged this play, audiences won't have any trouble getting lost in it."


According to Nevarez, Ghost Light Theater's production of "Macbeth" was made possible by a silent investor who is excited about the company's vision. Nevarez also said Encore High School has been a great support, as well as Victor Valley College's theater arts department.


"Eversince we started, we have had so much community support," said Nevarez. "Many people have been willing to help out in all kinds of ways. This is a huge deal for us and for the future of live theater in the High Desert."


Macbeth will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $5 pre-sale and $8 at the door. They can be purchased at Encore High School's box office or by calling 760-792-2423. For additional information, visit facebook.com/ghostlighttheatercompany.