Don’t Miss Your Chance to See A Midsummer Night’s Dream
On Friday October 26th, I sat through a run through of the Sylvania Theatre Department’s rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is not just the cast that took part in the design of costumes and props; different groups of students contributed work as classroom assignments. The Scene Shop Assistants, are students of Fundamentals of Acting Techniques (TA 141) , Fundamentals of Technical Theatre (TA 111), and Technical Theatre Production (TA 250). There is some overlap with the cast members who have taken Intro to Costume (TA 199H) and Mask Making courses. Additionally, the entire cast has taken part in making costumes, sets, video, sound and props. Everything that you see on stage has been touched by a student’s hands. There are eighteen characters and twelve crew members with a collective of thousands of hours that have gone into preparing this production.
Director Patrick Tangredi, who has been at PCC for twelve years over roughly 24 performances, said when students take ownership over their work he feels the most pride. “I feel like I’m doing my job when the students say, ‘I did this!’”
When asked why PCC students should see this performance, Nova Raycraft who will be playing the role of Hippolyta, put it modestly, “Besides myself, I am an okay-ish actor, but the rest of the actors they’re amazing”.
Colin White who will be playing Francis Flute / Thisbe said, “It’s a wonderful show with a wonderful cast, it’s gonna be a fun time”.
Nicholas Chilcote who will be playing Oberon said, “I think it’s important because theater is about sharing a story, offering an escape for a little while into another world. In a way, our show really is like that a dream, one everyone gets to witness and hopefully enjoy. A dream of adventure, challenge, diversity and love. I can’t speak highly enough about the cast and crew who have worked on this show bringing it to life. In this current atmosphere of hate, here’s a show about love, understanding and diversity. Although magical flowers should be used responsibly.”
Tangredi said that oftentimes word will get out how great the performances were after the shows are over, something typical when it comes to the Theatre Department performances. So this is your chance PCC, GO AND SUPPORT OUR THEATRE DEPARTMENT. There will be a total of six shows, Opening Night Weekend is November 9 at 7pm and Saturday November 10th at 7 pm. The Thursday November 15th matinee is a pay-what-you-can performance. Attendees are encouraged to make a food donation to the Panther Pantry (5 cans = 1 ticket). Friday, November 16th at 7pm, Saturday Nov 17th at 7pm is the only ASL interpretation performance, and the last show will be a matinee on Sunday, November 18th at 2pm.
Tickets are on sale now at the PCC Sylvania Bookstore and performances will be at Sylvania Performing Arts Center. There is wheelchair-accessible seating & hearing assisted devices available. This production is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Prices for all students, seniors, veterans, and PCC staff & alumni will be $5 and general admission will be $10. The length/running time is approximately 2 hours, including 1 intermission. For more info go to https://www.pcc.edu/theatre/2018/10/08/a-midsummer-nights-dream/