Performances Friday & Saturday (4/21 & 22) at Michigan City’s Canterbury Theatre
Students of Purdue University Northwest’s Department of English will present William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” at 7:30 p.m., Friday (4/21) and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday (4/22) at the Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City.
This marks the 10th year of classical theatre performances by Westville Campus students and alumni. General admission is $10, admission for students displaying their student ID is $5. Seat reservations can be made by phoning 219-874-4269.
Cast of PNW students & alumni
Cast and crew members include Lillianna Pollnow of Michigan City, as Portia; Niel Jacoby of Lafayette, as Shylock; Joseph Ellison of Valparaiso, as Bassanio; Jason Finner of Chesterton, as Antonio; Ashley Ganz of Valparaiso, as Nerissa; Elizabeth Green of Valparaiso, as Jessica; Ethan Hall of Valparaiso, as Lorenzo; Trey Rivas of Valparaiso, as Gratiano; Angela Barreto of New Carlisle, as Old Gobbo and Tubal; Abbie Michaels of La Porte, as Salerio; George Romero of Chesterton, as Launcelot Gobbo; and Alexis Ulrich of Chesterton, as Solanio and the Duke of Venice.
Associate Professor of English Paul Hecht is back for his 10th year as director. The associate director is Rick Gilbert, a 20-year theater artist of R & D Choreography in Chicago. Veteran Chicago-based musicians Rob Clearfield and Brian Hartog composed music.
The production also includes period costumes that were loaned to PNW by science fiction writer and University of Chicago Assistant Professor of History Ada Palmer.
Keeping traditions alive
“Through the years, I have seen many students discover both the joy of the stage and talent they didn’t know they had, along with the sense of shared purpose that comes from being part of a production that depends on everyone involved,” Hecht said. “I am extremely proud of the work the students do and the leaps and bounds by which they frequently grow during the rehearsal process. There’s nothing like it; it means the world to me!”
Hecht also has been invited to participate later this spring at a two-day Shakespearean symposium at the Globe Theatre in London, England. He will join other scholars discussing “Rhyme, Line and Lyric in Early Modern Poetry and Drama.” The symposium also will underscore Hecht’s scholarship about English poet Edmund Spenser.