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Opens April 9 at TCC Roper Performing Arts Center


NORFOLK, Va. (March 25, 2009) – TCC’s Theatre Department is now in final rehearsals for a stage adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” directed by Ed Jacob. The opening night curtain will rise on Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m., with a three-night run thru Saturday, April 11, at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St, Norfolk,

Logan Bennett (kneeling at center) as “The Young Mariner.” Other actors pictured are Ronald Devin, at left; and John Caldwell, bottom, center.

According to, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" can be read as a tale of horror where a mariner is hounded by disaster and supernatural forces after murdering an albatross. But it’s much more than that. Coleridge clearly tries to make the supernatural elements of the poem appear as integral parts of the natural world. His underlying theme is that all living things have an inherent value and beauty, and humans must recognize and respect these qualities.

The longest of Coleridge’s published poetry, this work was written from 1797-1798, and published in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads (1798). The origin of its inspiration as well as the interpretation of its theme continues to be widely discussed by literary scholars well over two centuries later.

A special feature: Director Ed Jacob also will explain the process of reinventing Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” from an epic poem into a play during a free workshop, part of TCC’s Literary Festival, on April 13 at 1 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, Chesapeake Campus.

For the play, tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior adults, and can be reserved ahead of time or purchased at the Roper box office each evening prior to the performance. Reserved tickets must be picked up 20 minutes prior to show time, or will be re-sold.

For ticket reservations, call 757-822-5219. For more information, go to or call the TCC Information Center at 757-822-1122.

A complete 2009 TCC Theater Department season schedule can be found at:


Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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 as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit