Behind The Scenes Look At ‘Julius Caesar’ On The Old Main Lawn

If the warm weather inspired you to hang out on Old Main’s lawn this weekend, you probably noticed some major equipment being set up. Wonder what all the fuss is about?

The Penn State School of Theatre and the Penn State School of Music will perform a production of “Julius Caesar” in front of Old Main this week. The show is free to the public. The performances on April 15 and 16 begin at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, there will be a concert by the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra at 6:30 p.m., followed by the show at 7:45.

Crews setting up for the first full run through.

The cast and crew had its first full dress rehearsal at Old Main on Monday night. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store for the show.

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We won’t spoil too much — but the show takes some creative liberties from Shakespearean times. (Yes, those are faux AK-47s.)
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Nearly 400 students and faculty are involved with the production.
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If you were walking downtown Monday night and heard booming thunder, that wasn’t a storm brewing — it was part of the show.
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Every cast member is wearing a mic so you can hear them from anywhere on the lawn. 
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The lighting works masterfully to transform the stage area and backdrop during different scenes.

Since there are no dressing rooms in Old Main, most of the cast gets ready at the Downtown Theatre. The vestibule of Old Main works as the backstage area for the show.

Mark your calendar, grab a lawn chair or beach towel, and make sure to go see this spectacular production. If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, the show will be moved to the Playhouse Theatre.

Featured image courtesy of Penn State Stage Managers. Photos by Sean Gregory.

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