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A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs successfully

March 2, 2011

By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer

Cast members Michelle Honaker and Sarin Rossi put on the finishing touches to their costumes for one of the final performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Emily Hadden

The Young Harris College Theater department performed Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on February 17-26 at Dobbs Theatre. The show sold out all 100 seats every night of showing.

In order to sell out each night, Director Rachel Chaves enlisted the performances of YHC theater students. The cast included Austin Freeman as Theseus, Ashley ware as Hippolyta, Josiah Bridges as Egeus, Sarin Rossi as Hermia, Ryan Bender as Lysander, Sam Walker played Demetrius, Michelle Honaker played Helena, and Nancy Soule played Petra Quince. While Brandon Engelskirchen played Nick Bottom, Tyler Ogburn played Francis flute, Hayley Hoopingarner played Snout and Chase Alford played Starveling.

The cast continues with Hannah Guest as Snug, Matt Jones as Puck, Tory Gravitt as Peaseblossom, Eddie Collins theater teacher played Oberon. To finalize the cast Misty Barber as Titania, Stephanie Sexton played Cobweb, Alyssa Lowery played Mustardseed, while Nicole Conrad played Moth, and Jordan Fleming played Philostrate and Seth Peters played the musician.

As the show was to be put on, the performers had to learn the lines Shakespeare, Nicole Conrad the character of Moth said, “I didn’t have many lines to learn, but I think the toughest part about putting on the show was learning the lines. Shakespeare writes with a rhythm, with an iambic meter, if a person messes up on one word, then that throws off the rest of the sentence. Therefore, we had to work really hard on that.”

Others contributing to the show includes scene and sound designer, Rob Sturgess, costume designer Kari Beth Rust and lightning designer Robert B. Fulton.

The production staff included Rob Sturgess as technical director, custom shop supervisor Kari Beth Russ, stage manager Riley Noble, assistant director, and fight director Josiah Bridges, composer Seth Peters, choreographer Misty Barber, movement consultants Ki Curtis and George Koller. Assistant costume designer Tyler Ogburn, assistant lighting designer Becca Armstrong,  assistant sound designer and sound board operator Evan McLean, assistant stage manager Ashley Loyd,  properties artisans Marvin Hemphill, Brittany Hester and Laurie Tossing.

Production staff continues with scenic artists Michael Brown and Liz McEntyre, light board operator Paige Crawford, scenic construction crew included Josh Gentry, Brittany Hester, Haley Hoopingarner, Ashley Loyd and Riley Noble. The electric crew included Rebecca Armstrong, Emily Espy, Austin Freeman, Josh Gentry, Brittany Hester, Hayley Hoopingarner and Riley Noble. The wardrobe crew included Rebecca Fordyce, Katie Marlowe, Megan Ray, Dontay Scott and Sierra Vennes.

Scenic artist Liz McEntyre said, “I was really worried about the art in the show, but everything turned out really good. The actors did a really great job, and the scenes looked really good.”

With sold out shows every night, audience responses have been positive thus far.

Freshman Kelly Dessomes, a native of Statesboro and undecided major, was in attendance. Dessomes said, “It was really funny. I had a great time. The actors and actresses were excellent. The atmosphere was great, and the singing at the end made my night.”

While YHC students enjoyed the show, perspective students from other schools also came to enjoy the show.

Visiting student Annie Lavvorn a freshman of Jacksonville State University said, “The show is really good. Most of the actors are really good. The way they get into their characters is great, and because of that the show is made into a really fun experience.”

Lavvorn is planning on transferring to YHC next semester to major in music.

The show has received raving reviews, setting up big expectations for YHC’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

The theater will host Delta Gamma’s The Actor’s Nightmare on March 2-3, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel on April 15-17, and Delta Gamma’s Doubt in April. All these performances will be held in Dobbs Theatre.

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