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Lyon presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream as first main stage production of season
Lyon presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream as first main stage production of season

BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon College) - A mostly freshmen class will present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Lyon College’s first main stage production of the season Oct. 2-5. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 and 2 p.m. Oct. 5 in Holloway Theatre on campus.

Dr. Fonzie Geary II, assistant professor of theatre, said ticket prices were lowered this season to make shows even more accessible to the community. Admission is now $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Lyon faculty, staff, and students get in free with a Lyon I.D.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. The comedy centers on the connection between two pairs of lovers who find themselves compromised when they are unknowingly cast under the spell of the Fairy King.

“Having a young cast is both challenging and exciting,” Geary said. “They’re an amazing group, and they’re doing a great job. I’ve been amazed with the amount of work they’re putting in.”

The cast comprises 19 students, and more than half are freshmen. Geary said costuming and set design are also student driven with Alex Patrono-Smith serving as the costume designer and Aurianna Prince-Colbath as set designer. Christine Tully with Batesville Community Theatre is the lighting designer.

“I judiciously cut the play down to slightly more than two hours with an intermission, but since the play is relatively short to begin with, it was easy to cut and still maintain the story,” Geary said.

Geary added that all proceeds from the production will go to support students' participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, which allows students to showcase their work, audition for scholarships, participate in workshops, and experience theatrical productions from other colleges and universities in the region, and all around enrich their intellectual and cultural development.

The next production will be No Exit, a one-act existentialist play, set for November 13-16.

(Source: Lyon College)

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