M-A Drama presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in modern times
For its Fall production, M-A Drama is presenting a modern take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, first performed in 1601. Taking place in mythical Athens and in an enchanted forest, the story includes a handsome fairy king, wood sprites and elves, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, and a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey.
“The dialogue is all Shakespeare but it’s set in modern day,” explains drama teacher Alison Sundstrom, who is in her first year at the high school. “I was fortunate enough to attend Globe Education Academy in London last summer. We learned about how to make performing Shakespeare fun and exciting.”
The play, which opens Friday night, November 6, features 19 student actors with another 20 students involved in stage management and design.
“I feel very fortunate to be at a school that has so many talented kids,” says Alison, who studied English and theater in college and worked in theater in New York prior to teaching. “A number of them — some involved in stage craft and others in acting — are looking to apply to colleges that have degrees in theater.”
Additonal performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be on Saturday, November 7, and then Thursday to Saturday, November 12 to 14. Doors open at 7:00; the play begins at 7:30 pm. Student and senior tickets are $10; adults are $14. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online.