Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 3, 2003

Whitworth to Stage Fall Theatre Production, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

The Bard will join forces with African-style rhythm and dance in Whitworth Theatre's production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth College. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling (509) 777-3707; tickets can also be purchased at the door the evening of each performance.

In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream nymphs and fairies, royalty and common folk bump up against one another in their frantic search for love. And in the Whitworth production, for perhaps the first time ever, Shakespeare's classic will be accompanied by the rhythmic flair of an African beat.

The unique blend begins with the fairies, who will perform African-style dancing, complete with a live drum ensemble led by Master Percussionist Michael Moon Bear. Moon Bear, who is also the musical director for the theatre production, is an expert in the djembe and other African drums and has studied with some of the masters of African percussion.

"There will be a lot of great dancing and drumming in the show, along with the wonderful comedy and romance of the play itself," says Diana Trotter, director of the production and Whitworth associate professor of theatre.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Diana Trotter, associate professor of theatre, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4431 or drotter@whitworth.edu.

Kathy Fechter, theatre department academic program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3707 or kfechter@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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