MARYVILLE, TN (July 16, 2012 Once again, the professional actors with Knoxville’s Tennessee Stage Company will be performing a Shakespearean play at the Blount County Public Library.
Julius Caesar will be this year’s performance on Monday evening, July 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The production is sponsored by the Friends of the Blount County Public Library who will also serve as volunteers to help with parking and seating.
Although this year’s production has an almost entirely new cast, there are a couple of actors familiar to Blount County people. Joe Casterline, a Blount Countian, stars as Brutus. Another cast member, Steve Trigg, used to live in Blount County but now lives in Knoxville.
Tom Parkhill, Executive Director of the Tennessee Stage Company, says, “Because the play is required reading for many tenth graders, seeing a live performance can make a difference for students. Watching actors portray scenes helps bring life to the words on the pages.” Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” is just one of the many familiar quotations from Julius Caesar. Another provides an eloquent philosophy of death: “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.”
And, of course, many betrayed souls mourn along with Caesar’s dying breath of “Et tu, Brute?”
Parkhill says that the Outreach mission for Tennessee Stage Company lets it take programs out to communities so that more people have the opportunity to see the show.
This is a drama appropriate for the entire family. It will be outdoors on the front lawn of the library, so be sure to bring along a blanket or lawn chairs. The public may bring picnic lunches or cold drinks other than alcohol. No alcohol is allowed on library property. The library’s Bookmark Café will have cold beverages, specialty drinks and snacks available up until 8:30 p.m.
If rain occurs and persists to cause cancellation of the performance, the rain date for the performance is Monday, August 6, at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the library’s parking lot, parking is also available in the public parking lots next to The Daily Times building (across the pedestrian bridge) and in the Harper Street parking lot across from First Tennessee Bank. This performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.
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