Shakespeare's 'A Winter's Tale' to be performed Feb. 25 - March 1

Gettysburg College's Department of Theatre Arts and Sunderman Conservatory of Music will present William Shakespeare's "A Winter's Tale" Feb. 25 through March 1.

The play is one of Shakespeare's later works about Leontes, King of Sicilia, who is overcome with jealousy. His wife, Queen Hermione, is innocent, but is imprisoned on the charge of having an affair with Polixenes, the King of Bohemia and Leontes' childhood friend. Leontes' rash and irrational actions tear his family apart, and the reconciliation is 16 years in the making. Shakespeare creates a fairy tale world where courtly kings disguise themselves to mingle with dancing shepherds, long-lost princesses are joyfully rediscovered and statues magically come to life.

The performances will take place in Kline Theatre located off North Washington Street at 8 p.m. on Feb. 25, 27 and March 1 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 28. (There is no performance on Friday, Feb. 26) The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for Saturday night's performance. For tickets and more information, call 717-337-6060.

Susan Russell, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, and Rob Towarnicki, a Gettysburg College senior majoring in theatre arts, direct a cast of 20 students including sophomores Adam Pelta-Pauls, Allison Erskine, Mary Kate Ranii, Joseph D. Feaster and senior Chris Robinson. The set was designed by Jerome Hanson, the costumes were designed by Lisa Liebetrau and the choreography is by Jen Giambrone, Phil Ballantine and Donnie Jones. All performances feature live music composed by Babatunde Lea of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Fri, 19 Feb 2010

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