Shakespeare Comes Alive
Medieval Europe came to life Saturday during the inaugural
presentation of the High Country’s “A Day in the Life of Shakespeare” at Lees-McRae College in
Actors from the Society for Creative Anachronism dressed in costumes and fatigues fitting of the Renaissance period as they portrayed Europe in the pre-colonial days, when fiefdoms were commonplace and knights in shining armor really did save the day.
The day-long class and live demonstration display was held in conjunction with the 450th birthday of English playwright William Shakespeare, said Mindi Bishop, a dance adjunct professor at LMC.
The SCA is a not-for-profit educational group that is comprised of actors from “all walks of life,” Bishop said.
What binds the group of teachers, lawyers and blue collar working men together is their love of researching details of life in Medieval Europe.
“Our love of history is what it all really boils down to,” Bishop said. “And of course, some of us love dressing in fancy garb more than others.”
The living history event also exposed attendees to life outside the traditional realm of the Old World and gave insight into the periods of pirate life in the Caribbean and imperial Japan, as well as the day of the samurai.
Modern sci-fi enthusiasts found a refreshing seminar on the undead, as actors explored the Dark Ages’ concept of zombies and the afterlife.
The event concluded with a lecture on weaponry and a live battle demonstration.
High Country Shakespeare Celebration
“A Day in the Life of Shakespeare” was part of the High Country Shakespeare Celebration. The next event is “A Part Equal,” performed by the Appalachian State University Women’s Theatre Troupe April 4, 5 and 6 at the I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on campus.
An original work by ASU theater instructor Derek Davidson, the play features prominent women in history — Sarah Bernhardt, Margaret Hughes and Virginia Woolf — discussing the work of William Shakespeare and how it’s affected their lives.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5 and 2 p.m. April 6. Tickets cost $5 for students, faculty and staff and $8 for the general public. Tickets are only available at the door one hour prior to each performance.