They arrived in two vans and a 24-foot moving van around 4:15 on the afternoon of January 29. The American Shakespeare Center’s previous performance was in Durham, NC, so they had had about a five-hour journey. Dr. Gates, T. J., Rebecca, and Ethan were at the ready when the van pulled up to the side of the Winyah Auditorium and actors got out and released the ramp.

Inside the van was a treasure-trove of mysterious objects, large and small: tool boxes, garment bags full of various costumes, architectural beams and pillars to create structures on the stage. Our student volunteers helped carry stuff into the Auditorium. “Hands on!” meant the object was ready to be carried down the ramp and handed up onto the stage.

“Thank you for having us back,” said Thomas Coppola, tour manager. “We are glad to be here!” This is Thomas’ sixth visit to Georgetown with the ASC. The talented troupe is presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream tomorrow morning to about 300 area middle and high school students. Many of these students have never seen a professional-quality theatrical production and they are in for a treat!