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Mount Marty to host National Players Theatre Troupe

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National Players in a production of Animal Farm - KELO file photo
National Players in a production of Animal Farm - KELO file photo

YANKTON, S.D. (KELO-AM) - Mount Marty College will host the National Players, America’s Longest-Running Touring Company, in Yankton April 14-16. The eight-member company will present ANIMAL FARM, adapted from George Orwell’s novel by Ian Wooldridge, on Sunday April 14, and William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, on Monday April 15. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in Marian Auditorium on the Yankton campus. General admission tickets for these evening performances are available at the door only beginning at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for students of any age. 

The National Players, based in Olney, MD, brings Yankton Shakespeare’s most enduring tale, re-imagined, re-invigorated, and irresistibly visceral.  In ROMEO AND JULIET, we find love can be a thrilling ride – it bursts the seams of young hearts, making them feel things never felt before . . . but it can also be a dangerous thing – it can split you open and send you past the point of no return.  With ANIMAL FARM, revolution has broken out on Manor Farm – the animals have claimed their independence!  Humans are banished, and the new “animal farm” will be a beautiful egalitarian paradise.  From the author of 1984, this chilling and provocative fable is brought to the stage with the focused clarity and spark Yankton has come to expect from the National Players.

In addition to the evening performances, a 90-minute matinee performance of ROMEO AND JULIET will be held Tuesday, April 16 beginning at 10 a.m. as part of the college’s annual Theatre Day for high school students.  Limited balcony seating is available for $2 per seat.

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