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April 21, 2010
Theatre Department to Kick-Start Summer in Shakespearean Style
This May, community members will have the opportunity to kick off the summer in traditional Shakespearean style, as the College of the Canyons theatre department presents the production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons.
When lovers cross with mischievous sprites in a magical forest, nothing is how it appears. Deliciously dark and entertaining, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” presents an intoxicating blend of mortals, mechanicals and faeries -- all thrown together in one place at one time.
Featuring a plotline resembling a modern-day soap opera or reality dating show, along with a cast of some of Shakespeare’s most popular characters, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has been hailed for centuries as one of the world’s greatest romantic comedies
“‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a feast for the eyes and the ears! This is one of Shakespeare’s most accessible plays, and our interpretation will be appropriate for all ages,” said Paul Wickline, chair of the college’s theatre department. “Our production has it all -- romance, comedy, swordplay, magic and Shakespeare’s marvelous language. Come enjoy the magic!”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 23.
All performances will be held on the PAC main stage. General admission is $10, or $5 for COC students and seniors.
“I've thoroughly enjoyed watching this mostly young group of actors challenge themselves with the verbal and physical demands of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream,’” said Stephen Whelan, director of the production. “As a theatre person living and working in the Santa Clarita Valley for the past 10 years, I believe that, yes, young American actors can do Shakespeare and make the language, characters, and overall humor come alive for modern audiences.”
The College of the Canyons theatre department’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is part of the college’s ongoing 40th anniversary celebration.
To purchase tickets to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” please call the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonsPAC.com.