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Colby-Sawyer College Presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

NEW LONDON, N.H., March 8, 2007 – The Colby-Sawyer College Fine and Performing Arts Department will present “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, as its spring theater production.

The show will open Thursday, March 29, at 8 p.m., with performances continuing on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m., at the Sawyer Fine Arts Center.

The Colby-Sawyer production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is a traditional take on Shakespeare's delightful and entertaining dream play, where anything goes and everyone ends up happy. Young people fall in and out of love with the help of fairies' magical juices, “rude mechanicals” and “hempen homespuns.” The play, directed by Professor Jerry Bliss with assistance from Sara Hayes, features a cast of student and faculty actors.

The cast of the court includes Jason Kelly as Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Margaret McCarthy as Hippolyta, his bride to be, Jerry Bliss as Egeus, the father of Hermia, and Aubrey Thomas as Philostrata, the duke's assistant.

The lovers' roles will be played by Andrew Baker as Demetrius (in love with Hermia), Hollie Quigley as Helena (in love with Demetrius), Alex Azodi as Lysander (in love with Hermia) and Kara Watts as Hermia (in love with Lysander).

The mechanicals, a group rehearsing a play, “Pyramus and Thisbe” that is to be staged on Thesesus' Wedding Day, will be performed by the following students: Lisa Haedrich as Quince, Ashley Goulter as Bottom, Jacob Marquis as Flute, Megan Ruggiero as Snout, Ed Hanscom as Snug, Kelsey Bacon as the Starveling.

Oberon, the King of the Fairies, will be played by Rob Wardwell, with Alicia Harris as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, and Vivienne Brand as Puck, Oberon's assistant fairy. Other fairies include Aubrey Thomas in the role of Peasblossom, Megan Ruggiero as Cobweb, Kelsey Bacon as Moth, Molly Mullen as Mustardseed, and Jillian Whitney and Sarah Hayes.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free with a Colby-Sawyer ID. For reservations, call the college box office at 526-3670.

To learn more about Colby-Sawyer College's Fine and Performing Arts Department, visit the Web site at Web site.


Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Our students learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional experience.

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