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The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Shoestring Players are pleased to bring Shakespeare’s immortal classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Spartanburg community. Performances will be held October 3-5 at 8 p.m. and October 6 at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Theatre.

Cast members Juan Williamson, Josh Wilson, Hayden Bishop, and Chandler Crawford in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This delightful comedy playfully brings two worlds together as the strictly governed mortals of Athens find themselves in the lawless woods where immortal spirits intervene and magically mix everything up in a way only capable in our dreams. In this production, Theseus (The Duke of Athens) resembles an urban crime boss intending to celebrate his nuptials in a 1930’s era American metropolis, which is adjacent to a grand forest where immortal spirits roam, drawing power from nature and “borrowing” what they will from their mortal neighbors.

The cast of 28, made up of USC Upstate theatre majors and several members of the Spartanburg community, promises to delight as they mesmerize the audience and take them on a magical, whimsical, and hilarious journey. With the talent filled company that has been assembled for this play A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an experience you will not want to miss!

 

The cast includes: Andrea Azumendi of Chihuahua, Mexico as Hermia, Chris Smith of Goose Creek as Lysander, Stephanie Ibbotson of Greer as Helena, Townsend Reynolds of Charleston as Demetrius, Will Patterson of Greenville as Theseus, Sarah Hurley of Spartanburg as Hippolyta, Eric Makowski of Boiling Springs as Egeus, Robert Wendover of Indian Land as Philostrate,  Chandler Crawford of Rock Hill as Nick Bottom, Ryan Barry of Spartanburg as Peter Quince, Joseph Butler of Landrum as Francis Flute, Chauncey Meeks-Owens of Spartanburg as Tom Snout, Vincent Allsbrook of Boiling Springs as Snug , Zoe Sneed of Greenville as Robin Starvling, Josh Wilson of Boiling Springs as Oberon, Hayden Bishop of Inman as Titania, Juan Williamson of Bogotá, Colombia as Puck, Dakota Capps of Bristol, TN as Fairy, Esther-Irene Egan of Spartanburg as Fairy, Alexis Jeter of Boiling Springs as Peaseblossom, Garret Gibson of Inman as Cobweb, Alastair Mann of Spartanburg as Mote, Channin Pettit of Pauline as Mustardseed, Mitchell Lodmell of Spartanburg as Changeling Boy, Herbert Johnson of Orangeburg as Guest of Athens,  Paul Miller of Cedar Springs as Guest of Athens, Megan Pridemore of Union as Guest of Athens, and Sydnie Stroble of Fort Mill as Guest of Athens. Lee Neibert, assistant professor of theatre at USC Upstate, is directing the play.

Ticket prices are $8 for general public and $4 for USC Upstate students, faculty, and staff. For tickets, please contact the Performing Arts Center Box Office at (864) 503-5695 or email your tickets requests to boxoffice@uscupstate.edu. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 1 – 5 p.m.

 For further information contact Michael Dickins, Box Office Manager, at (864) 503-5848 or mdickins@uscupstate.edu.

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