Students bring an acrobatic twist to Shakespeare
IRVING, Texas- Running October 24-27, North Lake College (NLC) students will perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Performance Hall. The comedy begins nightly at 8 p.m. and is free to the public.
“Our students will flip, summersault and even fly,” shares Producer Alice Butler, “it really is spectacular.” Written in the late 16th century, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has endured thousands of interpretations. In fact, many consider it to be one of the most performed plays ever. North Lake's interpretation, however, offers a fresh, acrobatic, twist. “Everyone is doing something out of their comfort zone,” says Butler, who aims to stretch her actors- introducing them to parts they normally wouldn’t play and scripts they might not be inclined to pick up.
Perhaps the most challenging part, however, is that of Thisby, played by Bernardo Costa. “I play a boy playing a girl,” laughs deep-voiced Costa. “It’s really not me, which makes it even more comedic.” Costa’s movement is choreographed by Kamen Casey. Now in his second play at North Lake, Casey has been practicing stage combat for eight years after beginning with Chuck Norris’ KICKSTART program. Cast-members describe his choreography as ‘skillful’ and ‘breathtaking.’
Nevertheless, at North Lake students aren’t simply acting and choreographing, they are also directing. Secondary only to faculty Director Valerie Hauss-Smith, student Samuel Cross is North Lake Theatre Company’s first ever Assistant-Director and facilitates a variety of tasks, including design and blocking ideas. “It’s been really exciting to work with Sam,” explains Hauss-Smith, “One of his stronger suits is directing. I’ve given him my full trust to literally break down the rehearsal process.” Undertaking Shakespeare in only a short 6-week rehearsal period, Hauss-Smith needs all the help she can get so her new “outside directorial eye” is a much-welcomed surprise.
Also surprising is the technical aspect of North Lake’s Midsummer. From the LED lighting to the college’s brand new rigging system, audience goers can expect to be impressed. “It is very visually stimulating, even if you don’t like Shakespeare,” describes cast-member Victoria Williamson. “Everybody will like it; especially children.”
North Lake College is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, Texas.
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