A change in character
By Lindsey Carter – News & Features Editor
You’ve only got 15 seconds to change into a whole new outfit. The entire audience is waiting for your next line. Would you be able to do it? In the upcoming play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Cameron Ponce will have to pull it off.
Ponce will be playing the role of two major characters in the campus play, starting at 7 p.m. tonight in Northlawn. While these characters do not appear on stage at the exact same moment during the play, at one point in the show there is only a single line separating the two. That’s when Ponce has only 15 seconds to completely switch character and reappear on stage.
“I know that I have the ability to pull it off,” Ponce said. “A lot of other actors have to be able to do it, so why not me?”
Ponce will be playing the parts of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Oberon, the king of the fairies.
“The point of casting Theseus and Oberon as the same person is to show that the human world and the fairy world are actually the same thing,” Ponce said.
Aside from the hours spent in rehearsal, Ponce also practiced on his own for about 30 minutes each evening in a frantic effort to memorize his overload of lines before the Feb. 21 deadline, set by Director Laura Kraybill.
“Having to memorize so many lines, especially in a Shakespearian style, is pretty tough,” Ponce said.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will be presented again at 7 p.m. on March 24, 30, 31 and at 2 p.m. April 1. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens (65+). Tickets can be purchased through the Hesston College Bookstore in person, by phone at 620-327-8105 or online. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes before each show and are subject to availability.