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Shakespeare in McDuffie: Thomson High graduate's local theater troupe plans weekend performances

It's what dreams are made of.

Mindy Wadley Anglin is the director of the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will be presented by the Thomson Summer Theater Project this weekend at the Watson Brown Foundation.

"It's been my pet project for a long time. Seeing this come to life is a fulfillment of a dream for me," the Thomson resident said. "A few months ago, I was daydreaming about this happening, and now it is happening. It's really an awesome feeling."

Ms. Anglin is a graduate of Thomson High School, where she was active in the arts program, and a theater major at the University of Georgia during her freshman and sophomore years. She is in the process of transferring to Augusta State University, where she will continue her major.

During her freshman year at UGA, Ms. Anglin became friends with another student, Martin Holubar, also a theater major. Ms. Anglin said Mr. Holubar died at the end of their freshman year, and his parents are in the process of setting up a scholarship program at UGA in his memory.

The Thomson Summer Theater Project is a fundraiser for the scholarship program, which requires more funds before it can become endowed. Ms. Anglin said she put out flyers announcing auditions for the play and is pleased with the results. Most of the 12 cast members are students at Thomson High School, and one is a young adult living in Dearing.

"I cannot express what a great group of kids they are," Ms. Anglin said. "I thoroughly enjoy working with them."

Ms. Anglin said she chose A Midsummer Night's Dream because it is a Shakespearean play, meaning she didn't have to figure royalties into her budget.

"Also just the fact that it's a comedy," she said. "I thought it would be interesting and it really hadn't been done before around here. So people wouldn't be too sick of it."

Another determining factor was that the play was one of Mr. Holubar's favorites, and one that he actually played in as a high school student.

The story is one of William Shakespeare's earlier comedies and centers around the trials and tribulations of two young couples, Lysander and Hermia and Helena and Demetrius. In an online description, the Washington Post said the play is "filled with love and laughter, mischief and matrimony and a whole lot of magic spells."

And Ms. Anglin continues to dream. She said she is using this production as "an experiment to see what the response from the community is." She would like to make the community theater a permanent fixture in Thomson.

"Theater is my passion," she said. "So creating a community theater and bringing some culture and something to do for bored people. ... I thought that would be a really great thing to have."

A Midsummer Night's Dream will be presented at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 2, in the Monroe Kimbrel Gardens at the Watson Brown Foundation, 310 Tom Watson Way. Because the production is a fundraiser for the Martin Holubar UGA Scholarship, a suggested $5 donation will be taken at the entrance. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Anyone interested in sponsoring the Thomson Summer Theater Project can call Ms. Anglin at 706-986-9991.

Web posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007

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