From Ghosts to Faeries: “A Christmas Carol” at HFCC; Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Hilberry

Photo by Kelly O’Connor

Photo by Kelly O’Connor

Alan Ball (left) as Bottom and Christina Flynn as Titania are featured in the Hilberry Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The show opens Nov. 6. For tickets, call (313) 577-2972.

By Sue Suchyta
Henry Ford Community College will present “A Christmas Carol” weekends Nov. 13 to Dec. 6, with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend. Directed by Christopher Bremer, the play is based on the Charles Dickens novel.

“A Christmas Carol” is a Victorian tale of a lonely and bitter miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, a greedy, self-centered moneylender who undergoes a life-changing transformation the night before Christmas. Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his late business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him to mend his ways or risk spending eternity as an invisible and lonely ghost. Since the death of his sister Fan, Scrooge has view’s life’s simple pleasures, like friendship and love, in contempt. Given the current economy, the play brings a powerful message to the Christmas season.

Performances are 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Daytime student matinees for elementary schools will run Nov. 16 to 20, and Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. Student matinees are $3, with study guides available for teachers upon request. Weekend general admission is $12, with $10 admission for students with identification. Tickets for children 12 and under are $5. Tickets are also $5 each when purchased in blocks of 10 or more for the weekend performances. The show will be performed in Adray Auditorium in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center, located on the HFCC main campus. For more information, call (313) 845-9817.

Photo courtesy of the Wayne State University Theatre Department

Photo courtesy of the Wayne State University Theatre Department


Undergraduate actress Annabelle Young will perform as Moth in the Hilberry Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The show opens Nov. 6. For tickets, call (313) 577-2972.

Hilberry presents Shakespeare’s, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream;’
Annabelle Young of Dearborn featured as ‘Moth’

Shakespeare’s audience favorite “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” comes to life at 8 p.m. Friday at the Hilberry, Wayne State University’s graduate theater. Director Joe Calarco emphasizes the Irish and Scottish mythology of the fairy world depicted in the play.

Annabelle Young of Dearborn, an undergraduate actress, will be performing the role of Moth with the Hilberry graduate company.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was written in a highly creative period in Shakespeare’s career, when he was moving away from the shallow plots that characterized his earlier drama and discovering his more mature style.

The cast also includes Brian P. Sage as Theseus, Lorelei Sturm as Hippolyta/Peaseblossom, Safiya Johnson as Mistress Philostrata, Dave Toomey as Egeus/Oberon, Carollette Phillips as Hermia, Peter C. Prouty as Demetrius, Rob Pantano as Lysander, Samantha Rosentrater as Helena, Erman Jones as Quince, Alan Ball as Bottom, Jordan Whalen as Flute, Andrew Papa as Snug, Christopher R Ellis as Starveling, Jason Cabral as Snout, Justin Vanden Heuvel as Puck, Sara Hymes as 1st Fairy/Mustardseed, Christina Flynn as Titania and Katie Lietz Flannery as Cobweb.

For tickets, call (313) 577-2972 or go to the Wayne State University Box Office, 4743 Cass Ave. in Detroit. For more information, see www.theatre.wayne.edu and www.wsushows.com.

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