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The Lookout | April 19, 2021

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Outdoor amphitheater has free shows

Outdoor amphitheater has free shows

By Haneen Hammad
Staff Writer

LCC’s annual “Summer Stage under the Stars” kicked off June 21 with “William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead.”

The play, directed by John Lennox, depicted a twist on the fight against zombies in Elizabethan London.

“Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead” was performed by students in the theatre program. It played from June 21 through June 27 on the elaborate outdoor amphitheater built by students at LCC.

Madison Hoober, a volunteer who helped build the stage, said she is excited to see it in use.

“All the redrafting we had to do was exciting,” Hoober said. “It takes a long time to collaborate with what the directors want.”

Despite the gory plot, the play turned out to be kid friendly, with its light humorous scenes.

Dr. John Lennox, faculty chair of the theatre program, directed the play. He said he was excited to see the show finally come together.

“The students have been working on the play for six weeks, so (there was) a lot of hard work for them in this particular production,” Lennox said.

The play starred Remy Patterson as Will Kemp, Quinn Kelly as William Shakespeare and Julie Linderleaf as Queen Elizabeth.

Lennox commented on his favorite part of LCC’s “Summer Stage under the Stars.”

“I love the outdoor aspect of it,” he said. “I love giving the students that experience.”

Future events this summer include “Failure: A Love Story,” directed by Andy Callis. It will be performed in the outdoor amphitheater from Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 23.

The play uses sophisticated material of movement and music to depict the power of love in a magical, musical way. The play’s suggested audience is older youth, as well as adults.

The final event of the summer, “Dance Lansing,” invites students and kids of all ages to enjoy modern and contemporary dance for four nights, from Tuesday, July 25 through Friday, July 29, in Dart Auditorium.

All performances are free and begin at 7 p.m.  For more information go to