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"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Opens Friday

Posted April 13, 2001

HOLLAND -- Hope College Theatre will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare beginning Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

The popular romantic comedy will continue on Saturday, April 21, and Wednesday-Saturday, April 25-28.

The performance on Thursday, April 26, will begin at 9 p.m. All other performances are at 8 p.m.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" tells the story of four young lovers who defy parental authority and official edict by escaping into an enchanted wood. Once on their own they encounter another kind of tyranny: fairy mischief. The forest is ruled by Oberon, King of the Fairies, who is having his own love problems with his queen, Titania. When Puck decides to cure the lovers from the city, confusion and hapless chasing ensue.

Complicating the situation is a group of local craftsmen who enter the woods to rehearse a play. They, too, get caught up in the goings-on until Bottom, one of Shakespeare's most endearing characters, falls in love with Titania.

When dawn arrives, however, the mess caused by Puck's antics is cleared up and the lovers forgiven, and the play ends with a magnificent marriage feast. Providing entertainment at the wedding is a hilarious play by Bottom and his cohorts.

The cast is made up of student actors representing all four classes at Hope.

Playing the persons of the city are sophomore Patrick Kearney of Clinton Township, as Theseus; senior Anne K. Pott of Hamilton, as Hippolyta; junior Joshua M. Carstens of Double Oak, Texas, as Egeus; and freshman Andrew Charles Isola IV of Allegan, as Philostrate.

The four lovers are played by: junior Blaine M. Cook of Niles, as Helena; senior Michelle Rynbrandt of Clio, as Hermia; sophomore Matthew T. Bondy of Petoskey, as Demetrius; and sophomore David Mark Ovies of Royal Oak, as Lysander.

The dwellers of the woods are played by: senior Danny Taylor of Story City, Iowa, as Oberon, King of the Fairies; sophomore Katie Carlston of Des Moines, Iowa, as Titania, Queen of the Fairies; and sophomore Kallie Wickizer of Midlothian, Va., as Puck. The fairies are portrayed by freshman Michaun Elise Burton of Gahanna, Ohio; sophomore Kim Noel Daelhousen of Sinking Spring, Pa.; freshman Kristin Dowedite of Livonia; and sophomore Kristin Tiscornia of Geneseo, N.Y.

Playing the rustic "mechanicals" are: senior David Armando Romero of Comstock Park, as Bottom the Weaver; sophomore Peter J. Beck of Dolton, Ill., as Francis the Flute Bellows Mender; junior Zach Deater of Shelby Township, as Robin Starveling the Tailor; junior Patrick Glaub of Plymouth, Ind., as Peter Quince the Carpenter; freshman Daniel Kwiatkowski of Cheboygan, as Snug the Joiner; and freshman Micha Maatman of Kalamazoo, as Tom Snout the Tinker.

Daina Robins, chair of the department of theatre, directs the production. All of the designs are by members of the theatre faculty: Richard Smith for scenery and properties; Michelle Bombe for costumes and makeup; and Perry Landes for lights and sound. Ryan Graves, a sophomore from Greencastle, Ind., is the stage manager.

Tickets are $7 for regular adult admission, and $4 for senior citizens and students, and are available in the theatre lobby ticket office in the DeWitt Center. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and may be called at 395-7890.

The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.

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