‘The Great Gatsby’ Comes To The HCC Stage

Freeport, Illinois — Highland Community College Theatre Arts program presents “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the fall 2016 theatre production. Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Fine Arts Theatre located in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center.

Highland’s Theatre Arts Program is starting the season with a splash and a bang. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby is adapted for the stage by Simon Levy in this play set in the Jazz Age. The young Nick Carraway is drawn into the world of greed and excess as Jay Gatsby pursues his dreams of love through wealth to disastrous effect. Join us for this lively look at the roaring twenties in America.

“HCC’s production of Simon Levy’s stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be full of color, dancing, music and mystery,” said Laura Early, Theatre Arts instructor for Highland Community College. “The cast for Gatsby consists of over 25 HCC students and community members. ‘The Great Gatsby’ explores the pursuit of wealth and status at all costs. These themes will resonate with audiences today.”

Linda Foat of Camelot Costumes, LLC will bring all of the beauty and luxury of the 1920s to life in the costumes for the show; Dave Vrtol, set designer, has some really lovely set pieces in store; and Highland student, Alex Jansen, will add to the mystery and liveliness of the production with his lighting design.

Tickets will go on sale beginning, Monday, September 12, and 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.

One thought on “‘The Great Gatsby’ Comes To The HCC Stage

  • April 18, 2017 at 6:33 am

    The movie is celebrating the prose. Where he could Luhrmann has translated the words into images and did so very well in my opinion. Where he couldn’t he quoted the words… In Luhrmann’s aesthetics one gets exactly that…Symbols… Text and image… The images say “Read me, we are symbolic” and are anything other than “flatly real”… Like when they drive into New York and pass the car with the black people partying and the white guy being their chauffeur. The movie slows down into slow motion, the camera lingers on the expression of the driver… and we do not just see people in a car. We see a changing society… One where the white’s are now the chauffeurs. The book is maybe even less suggestively symbolic as we have Nick explaining to us everything all the time and, like Luhrmann’s aesthetics, very much hinting at every symbol with a big arrow… So again the movie is rather true to the book…

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