Ballet to perform 'Midsummer Night's Dream'
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012

By Danielle Prewitt, freshman

The Friends University ballet program will debuts its adaptation of the famous Shakespearean play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this weekend.

One of the most popular of Shakespearean plays, it is widely performed around the world and is now taking center stage at Friends. However, what sets this production apart from the others performed at Friends is that it is the world premiere of this particular work.

Stan Rogers and Sharon Rogers will direct the full-length story. Swayed by the fairies that occupy the forest, events encumber lovers connected in a love triangle that incorporates drama and humor into the performance.

The leads include juniors Christian Chermak as King Oberon and Ryan Frier as Demetrious and seniors Gretchen Wiswell as Quenn Titania, Micah Chermak as Puck, Kyle Leapline as Lysander and Corrine DiMola as Helena.

Senior Anna Kirwan, who portrays the character Hermia, says that this is her favorite ballet production since coming to Friends.

“This will be a premiere work with original choreography by our director Stan Rogers,” Kirwan said.

In addition to the alteration, there will be a new set design produced by A.J. Kellison, as well as costumes by Debbie Roberts and music by Felix Mendelssohn. Children of the community will participate in the play as little fairies.

The show will take place in the Riney Fine Arts Center on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available to staff, faculty and students at the Fine Arts office.

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