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Auditions and Applications Take Place Nov. 15-17 for MICA's Production of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' in BBOX

Students, Faculty and Staff Are Invited to Participate

Posted 09.29.09 by MICA Media Relations

Photo by Al Heishman, '09

BALTIMORE--Following the resounding success of last spring's performances of HAIR in BBOX, Gateway (1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.) and produced within the framework of The Play's the Thing course, MICA's spring 2010 production will be Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ten public performances are set for late March and early April.

L303/FA303: The Play's the Thing: Mondays and Tuesdays, 4-6:45 p.m. BBOX. Christopher Shipley, Instructor
This course offers selected students the opportunity to earn 3 literature elective credits and 3 studio elective credits by becoming a member of a theater company (tech crew, cast or musical ensemble) that will stage a full-length, ticketed dramatic production for the public. 

Entry into L303/FA303 is by audition (cast, musicians) and application/interview (tech crew) only. All students selected for the course/company, regardless of position, will earn 6 credits--3 academic and 3 studio. A Midsummer Night's Dream has a cast of 18 as well as additional performing roles. The tech crew will include stage managers; an assistant director; an assistant choreographer; set, lighting and sound technicians; costumers (design and production); prop fabricators and publicists (design and distribution). The production also requires musicians for a Renaissance ensemble to perform during each staging of the play.

Auditions and the application/interview process for all company positions, including musicians, will take place Sunday, Nov. 15, 7-11 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, 9-11 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9-11 p.m. in BBOX, with call backs Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7-11 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 19, 7-11 p.m. All those auditioning and completing applications will be notified of their standing on Friday, Nov. 20.

Students interested in L303/FA303 as well as faculty and staff who wish to become involved in A Midsummer Night's Dream should contact language, literature and culture faculty Christopher Shipley at cshipley@mica.edu to receive further information and materials related to the audition/application process and play performances.

Image caption: Peter Shipley, a MICA staff member who will direct A Midsummer Night's Dream, works with MICA student actors. Photo by Al Heishman, '09

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.