From UNC Asheville:
UNC Asheville’s Drama Department presents its student production of Shakespeare’s comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with performances April 4, 5, 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 at 2:00 p.m., in Carol Belk Theatre on campus. The performances are part of UNC Asheville’s inaugural Arts Fest, a four-day festival featuring theater, art and new media exhibitions, interactive sculpture, music, dance, prose and poetry.
This production brings the familiar Shakespeare play to a new setting, with the action set on stage in contemporary Asheville. The performance features some of the city’s well-known characters and places, such as the bicycling nun, Jack of the Wood restaurant and the Botanical Gardens.
“The inspiration actually came from Shakespeare himself,” said director Scott Walters, professor of drama at UNC Asheville. “While he sets the play in Athens, all of the productions at the Globe were performed in the clothing worn during Shakespeare’s time. I wanted to make the play seem not like a museum piece, but rather fresh and contemporary, as if it were a new play.”
The cast includes UNC Asheville students Caroline Badgett, Kyle Blank, Justin Day, Caroline Dischell, Andi Espenshade, Carson Funk, J. D. Granade, Italo Medelius-Marsano, Patrick Millwater, Alwyn Mothershed, Tyler Price, Cody Reel, Erich Reinhard, Bailey Simon, Nathan Singer, Daniel Tart, Megan Triplett and Jeffrey Williams.
Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for senior citizens and UNC Asheville faculty, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at drama.unca.edu/theatre-unca, by phone at 828.232.2291 or at the door. For more information about Arts Fest, visit arts.unca.edu/ARTSfest or call 828.251.6808.