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A Midsummer Night's Dream, March 29-31

March 31st, 2012

By Sarah Pride.

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

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Cast and crew of Eden Troupe's Twelfth Night, spring 2009

Senior Charlotte Blacklock, director of Eden Troupe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this semester, hopes that their March 29-31 productions cause audience members to “come away feeling both entertained and informed.” One of Shakespeare’s most popular works, Midsummer weaves the whimsical tale of the mythical marriage between Theseus and Hippolyta, meshed with the tales of four young Athenian lovers, fairies in the woods, and a troupe of traveling players.

Tickets are available for sale online here.

“We’ve been doing a lot of musicals and more fun plays lately, and I thought it was time to return to the classics,” shares Blacklock. “In addition, I have loved Shakespeare ever since I began reading him; the beautiful language of his plays, coupled with their gripping story lines, just can’t be matched.”

Members of cast from Christmas Carol, winter 2010

Eden Troupe, a club initiated by students during the College’s first year, is governed by a student executive board. Potential directors apply to manage a play. Once approved, they gather their leadership team, run auditions, and in general take full responsibility for the production. The role of Eden Troupe director is one of the largest leadership tasks a student can undertake at PHC.

Blacklock, a member of the executive board, has served both behind the scenes on crew and in the cast. In her first semester on campus she performed the leading role of Susie Hendrix in Wait Until Dark.

“Participating in drama during school is exhausting and time-consuming, but I enjoy every minute of it,” she says. “I’m not certain about this yet, but it’s a field I would definitely consider entering upon graduation.”

This semester’s performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run at 7:00 p.m. March 29, 30, and 31 – Thursday through Saturday. There will also be a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 31. Regular ticket price is $8, or $6 for PHC faculty, students and staff. Audience members who choose to watch the play again will have the option to buy half-price tickets to later performances at the door.

Tickets are available for sale online here.