"Arabian Nights" Begins Two-Weekend Run at Marshall

Updated 5 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

Marshall University’s Theatre Alliance will present Mary Zimmerman’s award-winning adaptation of “The Arabian Nights” in a two-week run beginning tomorrow.

Performances begin Wednesday, Nov.7, and continue through Saturday, Nov. 10, this week. Next week, they will start Thursday, Nov. 15, and go through Saturday, Nov. 17. All shows begin at 8 p.m. in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre on the Huntington campus.

Nicole Perrone, assistant professor of theatre at Marshall, said a play such as “The Arabian Nights” provides an invaluable learning opportunity for the students.

“In an educational theatre setting, we’re always looking for shows that will provide the right kinds of challenges for our students,” Perrone said. “This show relies on the strength of the ensemble—most of the 17-member company remains onstage throughout the performance.  Each actor sings, dances, plays a musical instrument and performs many roles.”

Perrone also mentioned the importance of costume and stage design for helping the audience believe they have left Huntington behind and, in this instance, traveled to Bagdad. Nicole Peckens designed costumes for “The Arabian Nights” as part of her senior capstone project, and Emily Pritchard composed all original melodies, accompaniment and underscoring, Perrone said.

Perrone said she looks forward to seeing the combination of costumes, music and acting on opening night. She also said parents should be aware the production may not be appropriate for young children, as Zimmerman made a point of choosing the funniest and saddest, yet most erotic, of the “Thousand and One Nights” stories.
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