TNCC Presents Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in April

Published: March 14, 2013

Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Performing Arts Department will bring William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the Hampton campus weekends April 12 — 21 at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, military and TNCC personnel and are available at .

Shakespeare’s most popular and widely performed comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” was written in the 1500s and explores the universal theme of love and its complications including lust, disappointment, confusion and marriage. Set in mythical Athens, it depicts three parallel stories — the adventures of two sets of young lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of a fairy king and queen interacting with their fairies and a group of amateur actors rehearsing a poorly written play about a wedding. Despite being promised to Demetrius by her father, Hermia elopes with Lysander. Demetrius follows them into the woods all while being pursued by desperately love-sick Helena. Hilarious mayhem ensues when mischievous Puck decides to play Cupid and creates a quadrangle.

Meanwhile, a play is being staged by amateur thespians and the entire pot gets stirred by the actions of warring Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies.

Producing three shows annually, TNCC is gearing up to present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedic opera, “The Mikado.” Auditions will take place April 14 and April 16 at 7 p.m. on the Hampton campus in Templin Hall. The production is slated to run weekends July 12 — 21 at the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium.

For more information about “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or “The Mikado,” visit .



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