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TCC PRESENTS: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Shakespeare in the Grove celebrates 11th season
June 27, 28, 29, 30 & July 1 at 8 p.m. in the Grove, Chesapeake Campus
Show moves to TCC’s Roper in Norfolk July 6, 7 at 8 p.m.
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (May 29, 2007) – Hampton Roads’ summer nights are a time for lovers, for reveling and dreaming - and just right for A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Tidewater Community College’s 11th annual Shakespeare in the Grove production.
Performance dates are June 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 1 at 8 p.m. at the outdoor Grove stage at the corner of Cedar and Bells Mill roads next to TCC’s Chesapeake Campus at 1428 Cedar Rd. The play continues at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk at 340 Granby St. at 8 p.m. on July 6 and 7.
With its usual creative license, TCC’s theatre department offers the famous Will Shakespeare play with its own interpretation, directed by Ed Jacob. An American change in setting and characters adds to the theatrical fun.
~ The setting: Appalachia in the early 1900s
~ Shakespeare’s Elizabethan court: a group of southern aristocrats
~ The fairy spirits: those who inhabit the mist and fog of the Blue Ridge valleys
~ Shakespeare’s rustic characters: a group of mountain men
For the outdoor performances in the Grove, playgoers should bring blankets or low lawn chairs and can bring a picnic dinner.
All performances are free, with no reservations needed. For more information, call the TCC Theatre Hotline, 822-5219, or TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122.
A re-cap of the story: A Midsummer Night’s Dream revolves around three interwoven sub-plots involving three main character groups. First, two couples of lovers flee into the woods. They are led by a girl who has refused, under penalty of death, to marry the man of her father’s choice. The woods are inhabited by two bands of feuding spirits who love to play magical tricks on foolish mortals. Add to that a collection of unsophisticated rustics planning to put on a play for an upcoming aristocratic wedding. A complicated “tale of tales,” this forever timeless play perfectly suits a summer’s eve of theatrical fun.
Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and workforce development services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.