Hazen Union School Thespians Step onto the Highland Center Main Stage in Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Students from Hazen Union High School in Hardwick inaugurated Highland Center for the Art’s main stage on April 13 with rollicking scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. From all accounts, the program was a hit. “The students’ obvious enthusiasm and understanding of Shakespeare was palpable,” wrote Jim Lowe, The Times Argus Theater Critic and Arts Editor. HCA’s first education program was made possible by the new partnership between HCA and Northern Stage and most of the credit for its success goes Eric Love, Northern Stage’s Direct or of Education who worked with Hazen Union’s drama students and teachers in an intense several-week residency. Eric Bunge, Northern Stage’s Managing Director, saw the project as “a perfect fit for HCA’s vision of gathering people together to participate in the arts.” HCA board chair, Melanie Clarke agrees and says that “arts educational programming is at the core of our vision for the Center, and we are looking forward to creating and supporting more opportunities for students.” The Shakespeare in the Schools project at Hazen Union was underwritten in its entirety by the Highland Center for the Arts.