Nathaniel Pierce, Staff Writer~
The Lynchburg College Theatre Department will be showing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this Thursday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. inside the Dillard Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5 dollars for students, $15 dollars for adults and $12 dollars for seniors.
The theatre department will be hosting a steampunk-style showing of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with a very confident and talented cast. The original play was written by William Shakespeare, and is about a Spirit King, Oberon, and his partner, Puck, who are extremely mischievous and like playing with love affairs in the “physical world.”
Logan Wagner, an LC theatre student playing the role of Oberon, spoke of the plot in saying that “[things] aren’t balanced when the spirit world and the physical world come together.” The theatre department wants the show to be enjoyable and fun to watch, and as first-year theatre student Elizabeth Martin – who is playing the role of Helena – said, it will be like watching “a dramatic, funny soap opera. There’s music, dance, sex jokes and bad puns, and of course, lots of big Shakespearean words.”
Martin, along with the rest of the theatre department, said she is very excited to be hosting this steampunk rendition of the famous play. According to Wagner, the cast of this performance is very talented and will make the Shakespearean play very enjoyable, and even funny, to watch. He suggests that everyone performing is very “eccentric” and “unique and unorthodox,” which he believes makes this show a must-see performance by this year’s theatre department.
Wagner commented that people are almost “afraid” of reading Shakespeare, as it is forced upon many students while they are in high school. He believes there is an air of “Shakesfear” that surrounds much of Shakespeare’s work. He suggests that “Shakespeare isn’t meant to be read, but is meant to be seen and experienced,” and he believes that the LC theatre department is putting on one of the best renditions of this play.
The theatre department is proud to be putting on their Steampunk version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and is hopeful that everyone will come out and enjoy all of their hard work and effort they have put into the performance. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/lctheatre/.