StageWorks to present 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
by Marie Nesmith
Jul 08, 2011 | 3122 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Davis, Laurel Lowe and Alan J. Sanders rehearse a scene from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” StageWorks Inc. will perform the romantic comedy at Clarence Brown Conference Center’s Bartow Amphitheater July 16 at 8 p.m. Special
Michael Davis, Laurel Lowe and Alan J. Sanders rehearse a scene from William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” StageWorks Inc. will perform the romantic comedy at Clarence Brown Conference Center’s Bartow Amphitheater July 16 at 8 p.m. Special
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Despite the heat, StageWorks Inc. co-founder Leslie McCrary believes the outdoor venue of the Clarence Brown Conference Center's Bartow Amphitheater will be an ideal locale to present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." To be performed at 5450 State Route 20 in Cartersville, the community theater group's production will begin at 8 p.m. on July 16.

"Shakespeare is traditionally done outdoors, so this will be something that's going to be fun to do, but of course, doing it in July will be a challenge. So we're rehearsing outside to get the actors used to all of this heat," McCrary said. "I think the amphitheater is going to be a wonderful place to [present] this."

Directed by McCrary's daughter, Morgan McCrary, the play's 14-member cast will consist of Alan J. Sanders as Theseus/Oberon, Susan Delmonico as Hippolyta/Titania, Laurel Lowe as Hermia, Erin Brown as Helena, Adam Kelley as Lysander, John Walker as Demetrius, Michael Davis as Egeus, Karen Ruetz as Puck, Kip Henderson as Quince, Will Brooks as Bottom, Robert Trammell as Starveling, Payton Wood as Snout, Joel Coady as Flute and Chris McAbee as Snug.

For this modern retelling of Shakespeare's play, the tale will be set in present day and trimmed so it can be presented in about an hour and a half. Although it was penned more than 400 years ago, Morgan McCrary believes the romantic comedy still appeals to today's audiences.

"It's sort of a love square. It's not really a love triangle [because] there's four of them and they run away to the woods. There's two of them who are trying to run away together, and then two that are pursuing them," Morgan McCrary said. "One of the men is in love with the girl who is running away with the other guy. The girl who's following the one that's following them [is doing so] because she wants to be with him.

"It's a complicated love square, I guess, because there's four of them. And then because they're in the woods and it's at night, there are fairies who like to meddle in the business of humans, and so they complicate things further. [I think the story is] still funny after all these years. It's amazing what we still find funny even this long after Shakespeare wrote it. It's about people who just want to be happy, and I think everybody can connect to that. They're struggling against what their families and the society want from them versus what they really want for themselves."

Tickets to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are $5 at the door. Individuals are encouraged to bring seating -- blanket or lawn chair -- to view the show. For more information about purchasing tickets, contact StageWorks at 678-848-4400 or stageworkstheatre@gmail.com.