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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Opens Theatre Season September 28


The Gordon State College Theatre Department opens its 2016-17 season with one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The hilariously magical production will be presented Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 2 on the stage of the Gordon State College Fine Arts Theatre.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream is fast paced and will serve surprises behind every corner with live music, magical love spats and a spellbinding scenic design,” said Director and assistant professor of theatre Lisa Cesnik Ferguson. “Bring your imagination and get lost in the forest with Puck, Titania and Oberon, a band of ‘hempen homespun’ actors and four extremely lost lovers. Audiences will experience the always-relevant words of William Shakespeare in a fresh, unexpected way.”

Joining Ferguson in staging the production is Associate Professor of Theatre Tony Pearson, scene and lighting designer; Associate Professor of Music Neil Boumpani and costume designer Lauren Paris.

Performances Wednesday through Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Sunday at 2.

Tickets for each performance are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for students. Admission for Gordon students, staff and faculty is free.

The Friday evening Sept. 30 performance will feature a special “Dinner and a Show” option for patrons.  For $25 interested patrons can enjoy a three-course, gourmet meal in Highlander Dining Hall before the play.  The “Dinner and a Show” option is a limited seating event and reservations can be made by calling 678-359-5052.  Dinner seating is 5 to 6 p.m. with no one seated after 6. A round-trip shuttle service will be available between Highlander Dining Hall and the Fine Arts building.

The cast includes

Characters                                                       Cast                                    

Theseus (Duke of Athens)                             Jacob Rivera                     

Egeus    (Father to Hermia)                           Michael Hicks                   

Lysander (In love with Hermia)                    Christian Madura             

Demetrius (In love with Hermia)                 Nathan Rogers                 

Philostrate (master of revels)                      Nick Mann                         

Peter Quince (a carpenter)                           A’Maury Rakestraw        

Snug (a joiner)                                                 Oliver Jones                      

Nick Bottom (a weaver)                                Dante Pereira                   

Tommi Snout (Tinker)                                    Shannon Krenek

Robin Starveling (Tailor)                                Ashley Cannon                 

Hippolyta (Amazon Queen)                          Jayla Myers                       

Hermia (In love with Lysander)                    Trish Williams                   

Helena (in love with Demetrius)                  Taylor Drawdy                  

Oberon (King of Fairies)                                Shamar Bailey                  

Titania (Queen of Fairies)                             Brianna Moore                 

Puck (Oberon’s servant-fairy)                      Maleah Hatcher               

Peaseblossom and Fairy                                Abbie Caoette                  

Moth     (a fairy)                                              Howard Smith                  

Cobweb (a fairy)                                             Jayla Irwin                                                       

Mustardseed (a fairy)                                    Ashtyn Bailey                    


Oberon’s Attendant                                       Howard Smith, Maleah Hatcher

Titania Attendants                                          (See fairies above)

Theseus and Hippolyta Attendants:            Ambria Walker, Da’Shaquan Green, Angelnique Orr, Keeno Krieger, Maya Rose

Stage Manager/Director’s Assistant          Donovan Dickinson         

Assistant Stage Manager                              Marlena White                 

Properties                                                        Georgia Cone