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Shakespeare class to present play

Shakespeare class to present play
The Lookout

By Hannah Anderson
A & E Editor

The Studio Theatre Performance III class at LCC, which focuses on William Shakespeare’s work, will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as part of the class.

Admission is a $5 to $10 donation. Performances are in the Black Box Theatre (168 GB) Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

The comedy is about four Athenian lovers who are manipulated by the fairies of the forest.

The students in the class are excited about the play’s complexity and have enjoyed what they have learned from it.

Steve Lee, who plays both Oberon, the king of the fairies, and Theseus, the duke of the Athenians, said he enjoyed being able to see Shakespeare’s plays in a new way.

“Knowing that everything in Shakespeare is there for a reason, and it’s all purposefully thought out … I like being able to analyze that kind of stuff, and every day I learn something new,” Lee said.

Dakota Kruse, who plays Titania, the fairy queen, and Hippolyta, the queen of the Amazons, described how the play has really brought the class together.

“Honestly, I love the people,” Kruse said. “It’s just been so fun meeting everyone and seeing how they perform and how they act and how they have learned things through their life.

“That’s what I love about theater; it’s that you create little families everywhere you go, and it’s just such a strong bond.”

Andy Callis, the director of the play, said he wants his approach to the play to be fairly conservative and traditional to stay true to how it has been performed throughout the years.

He added the play is challenging to direct, but the students have been doing a great job.

“It’s been a great group to work with,” Callis said. “They’re wonderful students.”

For more information about the play, call Performing Arts Production Coordinator Melissa Kaplan at (517) 483-1488 or go to http://www.lcc.edu/cma/events/

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