On March 27, 28 and 29, and April 3, 4 and 5, Georgetown College Maskrafters will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” All shows begin at 8 p.m. in the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre, corner of College and Mulberry streets.
The play has been on Director George McGee’s “bucket list,” and is finally becoming a reality with the help of theatre department professors Ed Smith of Cynthiana and Dathan Powell.
Though Smith was able to summarize the play in a sentence - “How a series of couples, from the king and queen of the fairies to young lovers, resolve their differences through a series of transformations and reversals” - “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” can get a bit confusing for the audience. However, the script has been cut down to under two hours, and according to Smith, the plot is “no more messy than Star Wars.”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is one of the most entertaining and accessible of Shakespeare’s works, according to McGee and Smith. The comedy has something for everyone, and is a good place to start for someone who has never seen Shakespeare performed before.
Cynthiana native Michael McCord, whose portrayal of Egeus will be his 13th and final role as an undergraduate. “This is the second of the Bard’s plays in which I have performed and nothing tops Shakespeare on the stage, especially at Georgetown,” said the senior with three majors – Theatre, math and computer science. “These plays are sure to stretch you as a performer and George (McGee) and Ed (Smith) make sure you learn from it… while having fun, of course.”
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students for the six performances (March 27-29, April 3-5). For reservations, call The Store at Georgetown College – (502) 863-8134. Best parking for the Lab Theatre is in the Georgetown Baptist Church lot across Mulberry Street.