Edgecombe Community College’s (ECC) drama classes will perform two plays geared to engage, entice and entertain the entire community tonight and Saturday morning.
In honor of one of the most famous Elizabethan playwrights, William Shakespeare, the ECC Acting II class will perform in “An Evening with the Bard: Scenes from Four Great Plays.”
The performance will begin 8 p.m. in McIntyre Auditorium on the Tarboro campus.
Four actors will take the stage and perform a series of scenes from “Hamlet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Othello” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”
According to theatre arts instructor Roberta Cashwell, actors identified themselves with a particular Shakespeare play they enjoyed and found a way to make a connection with their character.
A play more suitable for the youth and young-at-heart will take place in McIntyre Saturday.
ECC’s Children’s Theater class will perform Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s tale, Wind in the Willows, at 10 a.m.
The moral of the play teaches children that when friends stick together, they can accomplish anything.
“It has a lot of action and fantasy and the kids would love it,” Cashwell said. “The kid’s imaginations will be engaged by the actors, their makeup and their costumes.”
“The energy is really high and we’re excited about it,” Anna Satterthwaite, who plays the weasel, Alice and the policeman in the play, said. “The main thing I have to focus on is makeup for three different characters. It’s a big thing I need to do. It is kind of a challenge preparing for three characters, but I like challenges.”
Coley Sykes plays the character of Toad. This flamboyant character is sure to make children’s imaginations run wild, she said.
“It’s a fun character, because I get to move around a lot,” Sykes said. “For me, it was bringing out my inner childhood to help connect with my character and just having fun and using my imagination to run wild. “
Admission is free for both performances.