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Michelle Dean (executive director of Popes Museum Preservation and owner/operator of Popes Museum Farm)
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” These words taken from Shakespeare’s famous comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” could be rewritten, “The course of 2020 never did run smooth.”
Certainly, Grady County has had its share of cancelations and rescheduling of events this year. This includes the production of a mini version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Pope’s Museum that was originally scheduled for April. Nevertheless, the show has been rescheduled for Pope’s Museum on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.
This professional production is sponsored by Georgia Council for the Arts and many local community and civic organizations and individuals.
Being performed in the backyard behind Pope’s Museum at 192 Pope’s Store Rd., it is a way for all generations to get outside and enjoy live theatre brought to the community by a professional troupe of actors and directors.
Additionally, those who attend will also be able to see the outside artwork of Laura Pope Forrester, Grady County’s own feminist outside artist. Her artwork has been featured since the 1920s across many state and national publications such as the Smithsonian Magazine.
Due to the pandemic, family groups will be clustered together with social distancing encouraged for public safety.
To enhance the experience, Grady and Thomas county students are working with the Southern Shakespeare Company before the production using materials provided by Southern Shakespeare Company.
Combining performance arts and visual arts was the theme of the original grant written by Michelle Dean, former English teacher and operator of Popes Museum. Dean says she is excited about bringing this family production to Grady County, stating that this event is the first of many to come. For this event, both parking and attendance are free.
For more information visit Popes Museum Facebook page.