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ARTS prepping for updated version of 'Julius Caesar'

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 03:23 PM

  HUNTINGTON — Arts Resources for the Tri-State is now accepting reservations for school groups to attend the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” Two special performances for area schools will be offered at 9 and 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14.

The play will be performed at the Renaissance Theatre, located at 900 8th St., Huntington.

Student admission to school performances is $5 and ARTS is seeking area middle school and high school groups to attend.

Teachers or school administrators who want to reserve group seating fshould call 606-922-2903. Seating is limited and early reservations are strongly encouraged. 

ARTS Resident Director Michael Murdock has adapted “Julius Caesar” into a contemporary time, weaving Shakespeare’s themes of deceit, greed, honor, patriotism and friendship into a timeless story that will be played out in a modern setting.

“I want to bring the story of “Julius Caesar” to students in a way they will easily understand. It is very relatable to the humanities, literature, history and social psychology of our modern world,” Murdock stated.

“All of the major themes in the show are relatable today, even though Shakespeare is believed to have written it in 1599,” he said.

“ARTS is pleased to present “Julius Caesar” as part of our 2013 season,” said Bil Neal, current president of ARTS. “Last fall, more than one thousand students attended ARTS’ production of Macbeth and we wanted to offer another Shakespeare play in our current season not only for students, but for the general public as well."

The cast and production team of nearly thirty Tri-State area residents have been in rehearsals for “Julius Caesar” for the past two and a half months.

Public performances of “Julius Caesar” are at 8 p.m. March 15-16 and 22-23. General admission seating is $10 per person. To reserve tickets, call 304-733-ARTS.

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