HPU Theatre to Perform Shakespeare’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 26, 2014 – The HPU Theatre Department will take on one of Shakespeare’s most elegant and haunting plays, “The Winter’s Tale,” in an upcoming performance. The production will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 10-12, and at 2 p.m. April 13 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. It is open to the public, and tickets are available to purchase.

One of Shakespeare’s late romances, “The Winter’s Tale” recounts the story of King Leontes, who is convinced his pregnant wife is having an affair with his best friend, King Polixenes. Driven mad by his obsession, he imprisons his wife and tries to poison his friend. The play mixes the genres of tragedy, romance and fantasy to examine psychological issues, jealousy and regret.

“We chose ‘The Winter’s Tale’ to push our students to tackle the many challenges of this play – from psychological depth and nuance to the nature of storytelling,” says Jay Putnam, assistant professor of theatre, who is directing the play. “We hope this production will fascinate and delight audiences and push them, also, to examine personal notions of passion, regret and faith.”

The play stars seniors Dave Mikulay, Courtney Feiman, DeAnna Hughes, Justin Beard, William Allison, Chaz Duffy and Ashlee Branch; juniors Ashton Hunt and Jake McDowell; sophomores Mackie Quirk, Summer Kiesel, Nina Yasick, Fletcher Armstrong, Danielle Criss, and Roxy Daneman; and freshman Lauren Jacques. Stage management includes senior Sarah Thompson and sophomores Lauren Quintal and Morgan Ellis. Student designers for this production are seniors Carl Rugato, Matt McKone and Claire Denny, and freshman Ginny Treu.

The performance features the work of faculty Ami Shupe, associate professor of theatre; Ryan Hemsoth, assistant professor of theatre; and facility manager Russell Hill.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children 12 and under. Those interested in purchasing tickets may contact the HPU Box Office at Hayworth Fine Arts Center at 336-841-4673.

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