The Globe comes to LMC
The Lees-McRae College production of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is making much ado about something.
Director Tessa Carr and technical director Danielle Baisden Curtis are recreating the bard’s famous Globe Theatre on a miniature scale in LMC’s Hayes Auditorium. The idea is to immerse the players and audience in an Elizabethan experience unlike any other production at the Banner Elk college.
“Danielle and I took the students to London in May … and saw work on the reconstructed Globe,” Carr said. “We thought we’d like to try to create a mini Globe inside Hayes Auditorium. (Danielle) wanted to create as much of a style of an Elizabethan theater in the space limitations we already have.”
That includes a stage extended into the audience area.
“We’re playing this directly to the audience,” Carr said. “When there are asides or soliloquies that’d normally be spoken over their heads, they’re performing them directly to the audiences.”
Plus, house lights will be lit brighter than usual, so performers can see the audience, as well. To add to the effect, ushers and vendors will be costumed in Elizabethan garb.
“We’re having a great time,” Carr said. “It’s hopefully giving the students a different experience of performing Shakespeare.”
“Much Ado About Nothing,” one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies, is a tale of eavesdropping and misinterpretation. It wittily follows two pairs of lovers with their own unique takes on love and the humorous mayhem that ensues.
Performance dates and times are Nov. 17 to 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. All performances are held in Hayes Auditorium on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. Tickets are general admission and sold at the door.
The box office opens one hour before show time. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and children. For information, call the box office at (828) 898-8709.