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TCC PRESENTS SHAKESPEARE'S LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
IN FREE PERFORMANCES IN CHESAPEAKE AND NORFOLK

NORFOLK, VIRGINIA-(June 9, 2003)-Tidewater Community College presents Love's Labour's Lost, a comedy by William Shakespeare in free performances on June 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29, in the Grove adjacent to the TCC Chesapeake campus and on July 5 and 6, at the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk.
The 18-member cast includes students, faculty and talent from the community. This is Tidewater Community College's 7th season with the summer Shakespeare theater. The performances are free and open to the general public. For more information about the performances call 822-5219.
Under the direction of Edwin Jacob, faculty director of TCC's theater department, this production intertwines disco with Shakespeare's words. "We picked the play because it has something for everyone," says Jacob. My goal during the last seven years is to bring Shakespeare alive in a festive and casual atmosphere," he adds.
The twist in TCC's interpretation of this comedy places the characters in the 1970s complete with disco dance numbers, bell bottoms and big-collared shirts. The play, one of Shakespeare's earlier ones, was originally published in 1598. For this production the characters are set in an upscale university setting. The play explores what happens to four boys after they make a vow to study for three years while giving up girls and junk food. The dilemma occurs when four beautiful girls show up and challenge their vows. It tackles the subject of love with witty exchanges between characters and uncovers the silliness people face while falling in love. The play has a happy ending although it doesn't end in marriage, which is standard in Shakespeare's other comedies.
In the Grove is located adjacent to the TCC Chesapeake Campus at the corner of Cedar Road and Bells Mill in Chesapeake. The TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center is located at 340 Granby Street in downtown Norfolk.
Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community college network and among the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, a regional Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne, Portsmouth and the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk. Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall are enrolled at TCC.

CONTACT: Kate Behnke
Marketing/Creative Services
PHONE: 757-822-1076
E-MAIL: kbehnke@tcc.edu
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