With lights going up and set pieces being built, Jean Browne Theatre is a very busy place this time of year.

When it came to planning this season’s theatre production, technical director and theatre manager Denise Weatherly-Green knew that she wanted to work with Shakespeare first.

“Shakespeare is meant to be seen, not read,” said Weatherly-Green, who wants to be able to provide high schools with curriculum support.

Weatherly-Green is starting her second year at TJC and has high expectations for all of her students. She is looking forward to a great school year.

“It’s one big happy family and a healthy place to work,” Weatherly-Green said.

“Henry V,” written by William Shakespeare in 1599, is based on the life of King Henry V of England, and focuses on events directly before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War.

With rehearsals going on daily, it’s obvious that Weatherly-Green was going to need some help. Jacque Shackelford, professor of speech and theatre, is working hard to help design the costumes. All of the costumes are made to be authentic to the time period, so the audience should immediately feel as if they were a part of the play.

“The costumes are all fabulous,” said Shackelford.

Along with authentic costumes, there will be actual stage combat with handmade weapons and swords, which are made specifically for the production. Shackelford’s husband made all of the swords out of steel. The characters are being trained to work with these props to the best of their abilities.

“Every guy has a kid in him who wants to play with a sword,” said Shackelford.

Newcomer Blythe Greenup, who was cast as the Duke of Burgundy and a French soldier, said that there are a good number of students involved in auditions, and the nerves are there.

“It’s going to be a great show,” said Greenup as she prepared for her first college production.

“Henry V” is set for Oct. 7-11 in Jean Browne Theatre. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday matinee, which will be at 2 p.m.

The box office hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and will open Sept. 30.

For more information on the box office, tickets, and reservations call (903) 510-2211 or (903) 510-2212.

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