Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cal Stage teen theater presents Midsummer Night's Dream

Carrissa Meagher
Photo from California Stage
California Stages' Summer teen theater presents a musical A Midsummer Nights’ Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Penny Meagher, in a new British adaptation by Julian Chenery & Matt Gimblett.

It contains some wonderfully lyrical expressions of lighter Shakespearean themes, most notably those of love, dreams, and the stuff of both, the creative imagination itself. The story involves two sets of couples (Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius) with romantic cross-purposes. They enter the play's fairyland woods, where the King and Queen of the Fairies (Oberon and Titania) preside and the impish folk character of Puck or Robin Goodfellow plies his trade.

Young actors of all ages from all over Sacramento County complete the cast of characters, including Ray Tatar as Theses; Scott Randolph as Egeus; Andrew Hoper as Lysander; Johnathon Tierney as Demetrius; Miriam Leah as Philostrate; Nora Matthes Kniveton as Hippolyta; Kendra Evans as Hermia; Erin Soloman as Helena; Rachel Yamshon as Quince; Katie Meagher as Bottom; Belle Noxon as Flute; Morgan Gularte Rivera as Snug; Chelsea Carbaugh Rutland as Snout; Peri Champoux as Starveling; Heather Mcdonald as Puck; Carissa Meagher as Titania; Miriam Leah Mars as Bluebell; Bertin Landero as Indian Boy; and Peri Champoux as Indian Queen.

A Midsummer Nights’ Dream will play for six performances only: July 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and August 1. Shows begin at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $15 for General Admission, $10 for seniors, students, SARTA Members, and $8 for groups of 6 or more.

California Stage has free easy parking available at 2509 R Street (25th & R Streets) in Midtown Sacramento 95816. Call for reservations at 916-451-5822.

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