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Rod Caspers stages a scene with Shelton actors

Shelton Theatre Arts Department presents Shakespeare’s  classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream October 25 – 28. 

Under the direction of Anné Hughes, Director of Fine Arts at Shelton, the mad-cap midnight adventure features a cast and crew of 50 students. From four runaway lovers caught in the middle of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies, to amateur actors trying to rehearse a play, to the sprite Puck and his love potion intended to make the recipient fall for the first person seen upon imbibing … the stage is rife for things to go amiss.

Led by faculty member Clay Houston, students have entirely built the set, with assistance from volunteer crew members.  To build the set from scratch typically takes around 500 hours or more. 

Students reaped an extra benefit from this production by working with renowned director Rod Caspers, recently retired from The University of Texas at Austin.  Caspers conducted a two-day acting workshop with students October 13th and 14th, focusing on staging and character development techniques.  Currently Caspers is staging the new choral passion, considering Matthew Shepard, at Louisiana State University.  Prior to that he directed productions at numerous universities throughout the United States and staged such specials as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Arena Tour.

Performances take place October 25, 26 and 28 at 7:00 pm in The Commons on Shelton’s campus, 15720 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75248. 

Come share the magic.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (through grade 12). Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.  For more information or questions, please contact Anné Hughes (ahughes@shelton.org) or Debbie McCabe (dmccabe@shelton.org).

For more information about Shelton, visit www.shelton.org.  Many Shelton graduates extend their theatrical interests and talents in both college and career. 

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