‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Comes To The HCC stage

Freeport, Illinois — Highland Community College Theatre Arts program presents “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare for the spring 2017 theatre production. Performance dates are Thursday, March 9, Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre located in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a delightful and magical comedy about love. It is an evening of comedy in this magical dream. Puck and his fairy friends are up to mischief mixing up two sets of star-crossed lovers, and casting a spell on the queen of the fairies to make her fall in love with a donkey. One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, it will delight, amuse and warm your heart.

The cast consists of more than 18 Highland Community College students and three members of the community.

“I am enjoying working on a Shakespeare play with Highland students. They are gaining a wonderful grasp and use of the language. They bring great enthusiasm, dedication, and ideas with them to rehearsals,” said Laura Early, director, andtheatre arts instructor. “I have directed this show previously, and I was in a production of it as a college student. This cast is very talented — one of the best I have worked with on a Shakespeare production.”

Early’s training includes work in voice and Shakespeare’s rhetoric with Dennis Krausnick, co-founder and director of training for Shakespeare & Company. Early was assistant director for Krausnick’s production of “Titus Andronicus” at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

The set for this production includes a large revolving stage adding to the magic of the show. Set design is by Dave Vrtol, technical theatre director. Lighting design is by Highland student, Alex Jansen, and Linda Foat is the costume designer. Original music written by HCC student Josh Naujokas will be featured in the production.

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and $6 for students. There is a $2 transaction fee for every ticket purchased. For reservations call 815.599.3718 or visit highland.edu.

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