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English Department Students to Present Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice'

Free tickets are now available for William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” presented by students in the University of Mobile English Department.

Performances will be on the UMobile campus in Moorer Auditorium within Martin Hall Nov. 1-3 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. The public is invited and tickets will be used for reservation of the limited seating.

For tickets, see Cindy Godwin in the UMobile College of Arts and Sciences office, or for will-call tickets, contact UMobile senior Jeremy Crews at 256.282.1400.

The English Department and the cast desire to foster a love for theatre and a deeper understanding of human nature, grace, and justice within other students, the university, and the entire community, according to senior Sara Dye. The students select, rehearse, and produce the play apart from professor involvement.

Dye is both a producer and actress in the production.

“Shakespeare never intended his plays to be read. He intended them to be performed and seen,” she said.

“We love to encourage more of our student body to get involved in attending and appreciating the theatrical arts. We also have the privilege this year of partnering with the local Bayshore Christian School, where we will be doing acting workshops with their upper school children and they will be attending the play as a field trip,” Dye added.

The English Department’s second full-length, uncut Shakespeare production follows their popular production of “Much Ado About Nothing” last year.

The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.
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