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Honors College adds a twist to Shakespeare this Valentine's Day

 

Mississippi State students, from left, Payton Billingsley of Rockland, Maine, as Puck; Isabella Durham of Prattville, Alabama, as Titania; Julia Concolino of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a fairy; and Blake Cutrer of Carriere as Oberon rehearse for

Mississippi State students, from left, Payton Billingsley of Rockland, Maine, as Puck; Isabella Durham of Prattville, Alabama, as Titania; Julia Concolino of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a fairy; and Blake Cutrer of Carriere as Oberon rehearse for "Love-in-Idleness or A Midsummer Night's Subplot" Wednesday at MSU's Griffis Hall. Photo by: Luisa Porter/Dispatch Staff

 

Jan Swoope

 

 

In celebration of Shakespeare Week at Mississippi State University, the Shackouls Honors College presents "Love-in-Idleness or A Midsummer Night's Subplot" Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Griffis Hall on the MSU campus. The free performances directed by Donna Clevinger, professor and senior faculty fellow at the Honors College, take place on the third floor of Griffis Hall and are open to the public. 

 

Based on William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the adaptation developed by Eric Vivier in MSU's Department of English promises to deliver on humor, song, dance and audience participation in a unique, intimate setting.  

 

The presentation reveals how the fairy world and rustic world prepare for the wedding of Thesus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Familiar characters like Bottom, Puck, Oberon, Titania and Snout from Shakespeare's original play help tell the tale. The bard's love-in-idleness flower is the stuff of magic love potions. A drop can cause an individual to fall madly in love with the next person they see, setting the stage for romantic chaos.  

 

Honors and non-honors students participate in the cast. 

 

"It's always a wonderful surprise to see what students audition and the talent that we get," said Clevinger. "This production includes music and dance, as well as a lot of comedic moments." 

 

Choreography is by Chrysta Beck. The play lasts about one hour.  

 

For additional information, call 662-325-2522.

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

 

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