HPU Theatre to Perform Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 27, 2019 – The High Point University Department of Theatre and Dance will put its own special twist on one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. HPU will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at 7:30 p.m. on April 11-13, 15-18 and 25-27 in the Empty Space Theatre on campus.

The performances are open to the public. Complimentary tickets can be reserved at http://www.highpoint.edu/theatre. 

“Our production of ‘Midsummer’ is set in the 1920s or what I’ve described to the cast as the ‘silent movie era,’” says Adjunct Professor Michael Huie, the show’s director. “We are using some of the art deco style of the period to inform the design and some of the physical spirit of actors like Charlie Chaplin to inspire us.”

Condensed from the original text, the show will run under two hours.

One of Shakespeare’s most accessible works, the comedy is set on the eve of Duke Theseus’ wedding day and a group of less-than-talented actors are preparing a play for the big event. Two young couples run off into a dark forest trying to solve their relationship problems, where they encounter Puck, a fairy who loves to create chaos. The Queen of the Fairies falls in love with a donkey and a play-within-a-play ensues.

The performances will feature HPU students Patrick Boaz as Theseus/Oberon, Grace Stroud as Hippolyta/Titania, Jake Shores as Egeus/Francis Flute, Henry Heydinger as Demetrius, Demetria Hale as Lysandra, Emma Russell as Hermia, Olivia Scrivener as Helena, Alec Yamartino as Nick Bottom, Madison Steiner as Quince, Rose Bleisner as Snout, Emmie D’Amico as Snug, Jackson Barnes as Starveling, Juliet Jacob as Puck/Philostrate, Sam McGlone as Peaseblossom and Liv Huang as Mustardseed. Hailey Turner is the stage manager.

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