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Shakespearean classic slated for performances in the park

June 20, 2012

Cast members of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" rehearse a scene from the Shakespearean classic. Performances of the familiar work will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday of this week and again the following week, June 28-30, at the Tyndall Park amphitheater. Actors, standing from left, are Anthony Buckhold as Thisbe, Hunter Whitfield as Snout/Wall, Jaron Salazar as Lion, Brian Roberson as Nick Bottom and Heidi Sohl as Puck; on the floor is Britni Dumas as Titania.

For the second consecutive week, the Tyndall Park amphitheater will be offering classical theater, this time in a version of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23, and again the following week at 7 p.m. June 28-30.
Last week, the Young Players, the youth theater division of the Royal Players, presented a modern version of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with performances of "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet."
The current production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a project of a Henderson State University theater graduate, Hillary Bell, who is directing the show.
Bell noted that one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," details three interlocking stories: the flight of four young Athenian lovers to the forest near Athens; the fairies that interfere with their lives; and a troupe of actors, preparing a play for the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens.
Lisa Goodrich is the show's producer.
Cast members are:
•Harold Dean as Theseus; Michael Bartholmey as Lysander; Grayson Dumas as Demetrius; Misty Jezierski as Egeus.
•Morgan Hawkins as Petra Quince; Anthony Buckhold as Francis Flute (Thisby); Hunter Whitfield as Tom Snout (Wall); Vivianne Flora as Robin Starveling (Moon).
•Paige Carpenter as Hippolyta; Sara Williams as Hermia; Samantha Key as Helena; Ramsey Burress as Oberon; Britni Dumas as Titania; Heidi Sohl as Puck.
•Sydni Whitfield as Peaseblossom; Katherine Breeding as Cobweb; Zach Glover as Mustardseed; and Bryan Roberson as Nick Bottom (Pyramus).
Admission is free for all the performances, but the group will accept donations to offset production expenses.
Audience members may want to bring water and a comfortable stadium cushion or towel to add to their comfort.

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