Children's Theatre of Charlotte's Ensemble Company Presents 
A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends."
 - Thesus, Act V, Scene i

Children's Theatre's Ensemble Company, made up of talented local high school actors, will present Shakespeare's enchanting comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, February 16-20, 2005, on the Children's Theatre's Black Box Stage.

A tale of merry mix-ups, magical mischief, and love at cross-purposes, A Midsummer Night's Dream has become one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays. Three pairs of lovers sort out their romantic entanglements, a fairy king and queen mend their quarrels and Bottom the Actor finds himself transformed by a fairy's spell.  Orchestrating the festive folly is the mischievous Puck, who give one of the Bard's most memorable lines when he notes, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

Performance times are:

Wednesday, Feb. 16 7:30 pm (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, Feb. 17 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 18 9:00 pm
Saturday, Feb. 19  7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 20 7:30 pm

A Midsummer Night's Dream" is recommended for ages 12 and up.  Performances will be in the Black Box Studio Theatre at Children's Theatre of Charlotte.   The show's running time is under 2 hours with an intermission.  All tickets are $9.00. Seating is limited (50 seats per performance); you may purchase tickets in advance. For tickets or more information call the Children's Theatre Box Office at 704-333-8983 (10 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday).

About the Ensemble Company
The Ensemble Company provides pre-professional training to high school actors who possess evident theatrical talent and a strong commitment to theatre work. Many of these young people will continue pursuing acting training in college and in their careers.

The Ensemble program is made possible by Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. There is no cost to the student for this program. Meeting for two-hour classes every Saturday and Sunday throughout the school year, the Company studies voice, movement, characterization, analysis, improvisation and production. There are two Studio productions each season, usually contrasting classic and contemporary, dramatic and comic theatre.

Children's Theatre of Charlotte is supported by the Arts and Science Council, ArtsTeach, and the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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