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Vol State to perform classic play

Last updated on March 23, 2016

By: Gayla Collier, Staff Writer

Volunteer State Community College’s theater department will be presenting a spring play called Midsummer Night’s Dream on March 18-20. The showings will continue March 25-26 in the Auditorium in the Noble Caudill hall building.

The running time for each show will be about two hours.

Professor Edmon Thomas is the Director of Midsummer Night’s Dream and put the show together along with Assistant Director Professor John Yaskell.

Audience members will need to purchase tickets at the door for $5, while all Vol State students can attend free with a present student ID.

A company called Stage Craft Class is building the set for the play.  Nashville Repertory Theater is helping with the costumes for the cast members.

The cast rehearsed through Spring Break.

“The cast is great,” said Thomas.

Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Shakespeare play about four royal people that are involved in a love triangle.

The main characters are Egeus, Demetrius, Hermia, Lysander, Helen.

In a summary of the play, Egeus wants his daughter, Hermia, to marry Demetrius, but she is not in love with Demetrius.

Hermia wants to marry Lysander. Egeus tells Hermia to either marry Demetrius or become a nun.

Meanwhile, Helen is in love with Demetrius, but Demetrius wants to marry Hermia. However, Hermia is in love with Lysander.

For the play actors have to remember many lines, but there are techniques that the actors uses to help them remember.

“I go over my lines every morning with my grandmother and I will read them over and over many times at home or at rehearsals,” said Brazil, who is playing Lysander.

“When you make mistakes, you have to just keep going and try to summarize the lines as best as you can. You have to act like nothing is wrong,” said Brazil.

“I do get stage fright, but I think when you stop getting stage fright is when you should be worried. If there is not that nervousness or anticipation to do well, then it’s like maybe I’m not as passionate anymore,” Brazil said.

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