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Theatre Department Presents Midsummer Night's Dream

Midsummer Night's Dream

Blue Ridge Community College’s Theatre department, led by veteran director Jennifer Treadway, breaks new ground once again by taking the fall production, a one-act Midsummer Night’s Dream, on the road. After opening at the Patton Auditorium on November 1-5, the cast and crew will pack up and hit the road for performances at four area middle and high schools, November 6-9.

Set in a magical forest outside a mythical Athens, Shakespeare’s popular summer fantasy, is the perfect introduction to the bard’s comedies with its loopy lovers, amateur actors and frolicking fairies. Typical of Shakespeare, however, the play also touches on profound truths, including the need that even the most mundane among us have for a little romance in our lives—the desire for love and beauty.

The large cast and crew, with some roles double or even triple cast, is largely made up of theater majors from both the technical and performance tracks, as well as faculty members, area high school students and community members. Faculty members Jennifer O’Rear and Zac Rhew will portray the fairy queen and king, Oberon and Titania, while drama majors Shelby Focarino and Emma Allison will play the sprite Puck. Sean Fish and Dakota Mann will take on the parts of the hapless weaver Bottom.

The roles of the male lovers Lysander and Demetrius will alternate between Reese Giles and Aiden Renire, Keith Sizemore and Bree Miller. Hermia and Helena are triple cast roles with Holly Lane, Claudia Sturgill, and Faith Augustine playing Hermia and Helena played by Sierra Seevers, Makayla Williams and Katie Temple.

Other performers include Matthew Pedersen and Kaitlin Sitton as the betrothed royals Theseus and Hippolyta. Stephanie O’Rear will play Hermia’s doting father, while Ryan Mixon-Jackson plays the servant Philostrate. Making up the band of tradesmen will be Hope Jackson-Mixon, Donnie Stills, Daniel Reed, Hannah Lunsford, Eva Sainsbury and Ab Walton.

November 1 will be a special performance for area high school and homeschooled students beginning at 7:30. November 2, 3 and 4 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be two matinee performances on November 4 and 5, beginning at 2 p.m. These performances will be held in the Patton Auditorium on the Henderson County Campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

Admission for all performances is $5 for students, faculty and staff, $7 general admission. Donations are accepted and appreciated.

To reserve tickets or for more information about the performances at Blue Ridge or the school tour, contact the Theatre department at 828-694-1849 or e-mail js_treadway@blueridge.edu.