Normandale Theatre Department Opens 2018-19 Theatre Season with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on October 10

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College Theatre Department will have four performances as part of the 2018-19 season.

The 2018-19 theatre season begins with A Midsummer Night's Dream running on October 10-13, 2018 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre. Performances will take place on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 13 at both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is previewed with the following description. In a mythical forest of wonders, love and magic is in the air - Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. And Lysander... is so confused. A band of misfits, with their crazy antics and bad play-making, keeps us laughing at every step. A fantastic world of fairies, divided by the feuding of their powerful Queen and King, comes vividly to life right before our eyes.  Throw in the charms of the 'Puckish' fairy and renowned trouble-maker, Robin Goodfellow, and it becomes quickly apparent that the "course of true love never did run smooth"... but it sure does make for a great night of crazy fun!

Adult admission is $10, while senior/staff/student tickets will be $5. Season tickets are available for a discount. Please call 952-358-8884 to make reservations or email at boxoffice@normandale.edu

The other production in the fall semester is Pride and Prejudice, which runs from December 5-8, 2018 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre. During the spring semester, the Theatre Department will present [title of show] and in honor of Normandale's 50th Anniversary, The Normandale Play Project, which will be written and directed by Wonderlust Productions.

The production [title of show] will run from February 28-March 2 and March 6-8, 2019 in the Black Box Theatre. The Normandale Play Project will run from May 1-4, 2019 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

The following are descriptions of the other three performances that will take place during the 2018-19 academic year:

Pride and Prejudice: Elizabeth Bennet is secure, intelligent, and independent. She also can't seem to convince her status-hungry mother that she doesn't need to desperately search for a suitable husband. Elizabeth knows that "it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife"--but does she want to give up her status as a single woman in possession of her freedom? Why do her sisters and friends spend so much time thinking about romance? And why can't she seem to escape the arrogant, stoic, remotely interesting, annoyingly handsome, and utterly refined Mr. Darcy? One of the great love stories in western literature, Kate Hamill's adaptation of Pride & Prejudice offers a fresh take on the classic that is bubbly, joyful, and hilarious.

[title of show]: With a deadline merely three weeks away, Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, decide to write an original musical for a new musical theatre festival.  Jeff suggests they write about what to write about and, thus, their musical about writing a musical begins. [title of show]-taken from the space on the festival's application form which asks for the [title of show]-follows Hunter, Jeff, and their friends on a journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends, and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration.

Normandale Play Project: Normandale Theatre is opening its doors to the campus community and, in collaboration with Minneapolis-based Wonderlust Productions, creating a unique theatrical experience based on the stories of the people at Normandale. No matter where an individual fits in the fabric of the college, the goal is to bring these voices together and create an epic new play that dramatizes the campus community's conflicts, opportunities, challenges, and triumphs. Wonderlust embraces as its mission, "to forge new ways of seeing our common experiences by creating new plays that transform the past into a better future." We will build that future, as we examine our shared history, together.