Midcoast students star at UMaine

Nov 07, 2017
Curran Grant of Rockland gets ready for dress rehearsal.

Orono — Director Marcia Douglas and a cast of 25 University of Maine students, a couple from the Midcoast, present an inventive School of Performing Arts production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to the Hauck Auditorium stage, beginning Friday, Nov. 10.

The UMaine production of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy will run for seven performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 through 19. Tickets are $10, available online at umaine.edu/spa/tickets; admission is free for UMaine students with a MaineCard.

After the 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 12, Caroline Bicks, the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature, will present a free, public From Page to Stage discussion with theater professionals Pier Carlo Talenti and Toby Bercovici.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of Shakespeare’s most widely produced plays and its story and themes are familiar to many audiences. The UMaine’s production aims to challenge audience expectations. For example, playgoers will be seated on stage with the cast.

“We wanted to force the audience into the world of the play,” said Douglas, associate professor of theater at UMaine.

The play will also be very interactive, because entrances and exits will be happening 360 degrees around them. And Puck, “the shrewd and knavish sprite” who drives much of the story, will simultaneously be portrayed by two actors, one male and one female.

Midcoast students appearing in this production include Jacob Siegel of Union, playing Demetrius; and Curran Grant of Rockland, playing Oberon.

To request a disability accommodation, contact Kerry Davis at 581-4703.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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