Gordon in the News: last updated 06/13/2011

Shakespeare’s Miracles Come to Life in New Production of The Winter’s Tale

March 25, 2011

Jo Kadlecek
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA—Shakespeare once wrote, “A sad tale’s best for winter.” But what most might view as a sad or tragic story in The Winter’s Tale, one Gordon College professor calls a “miracle play,” the perfect show to end the chilly months. 

The Winter’s Tale—one of Shakespeare’s greatest romances and one of theatre arts professor Norman Jones’ personal favorites—opens April 1 and runs through April 9. Directed by Jones, the production includes a cast of 21 students, with technical directing by Dawn Sarrouf. Shows run Tuesday-Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the theatre at the Barrington Center for the Arts, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, Massachusetts, (Exit 17 from 128N).

Set in Sicilia, Italy, and Bohemia, The Winter’s Tale tells the story of King Leontes and his pregnant wife, Hermione. Leontes is a good but jealous king who accuses his wife of adultery with King Polixenes. The Winter’s Tale explores the effects of such accusations, and issues of betrayal, romance and eventually reconciliation emerge.

“What many would perceive to be a tragedy really becomes a miracle,” says Jones. “In many ways this play is a resurrection story, one which reminds us of this Easter season where redemption is the ultimate message.”

This is the second time Jones has directed The Winter’s Tale at Gordon. Two decades ago the cast included Mark Stevick, current associate professor of English, and Sarrouf, production manager and technical director. The current production is equally strong, said Jones, but with a different creative approach and an ensemble of student actors.

“There are many reasons to see this extraordinary production,” Jones said. “But mostly it is a great story for this Easter season, a way to help us remember what matters in our community.”

The cast list of student actors includes: Chris Preyer ’12, theatre, Grandview, MO; Rachel Strasner ’11, English and theatre, Framingham, MA; Darcy Halstead ’11, English, Chesapeake, VA; Nate Punches ’11, theatre, Long Beach, CA; Jasmine Myers ’11, theatre, Florence, MA; Tyrel Borowitz ’12, theatre, Camarillo, CA; Taylor Jones ’11, theatre, South Hamilton, MA; Alec Lewis ’11, theatre and political science, Manchester, VT; Ryan Coil ’13, theatre and history, Brentwood, TN; Cassie West ’12, theatre, Suffield, CT; Olivia King ’13, theatre and English, Flower Mound, TX; David Alvarado ’14, theatre, Bedford, NH; Jack Souweha ’14, theatre, Giza, Egypt; Luke Miller ’14 theatre, Coopersburg, PA; Dominique Gobeil ’14, theatre, Bristol, CT; Luke Padilla ’13, theatre, Haverhill, MA; Hannah Armbrust ’11, English and theatre, Galena, OH; Grace Ulrich ’12, theatre, Robinson, IL; Danielle Mills ’11, communication arts, Wells, ME; Taylor Nelson ’13, deciding, Nottingham, NH; Brianna Bowman ’13, theatre, Bethel, CT.

Stage manager for the show is Amy Laing ’11, English and theatre major of North Reading, MA.

For ticket purchases and more information, visit: http://www.gordon.edu/theatreschedule


Gordon College is a multidenominational Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston’s North Shore, offering majors in 38 fields with graduate programs in education and music education. Gordon is nationally recognized for excellence in academics and in character building, and ranks as one of the nation’s top Christian colleges.