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NHS Prepares For ‘A Midsummer’ Dream In Mid-Fall



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Newtown High School is set to stage William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, November 14 to 17, at the school, 12 Berkshire Road.

The production is student-run. Tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students. It will be staged at 7 pm, November 14 to 16, and at 2 pm on November 17.

As students worked on and off the stage at NHS on November 4, student Co-directors Annie Davidow and Sarah Marsh sat in seats in a middle row of the auditorium observing. Behind them, student actors were learning how to sword fight, and in front of them, other students were running scenes.

Sarah and Annie explained they chose the play for its comedic narrative. It also allows casting for “a wide variety of characters,” Sarah observed.

NHS theater and language arts teacher Janice Gabriel is advising the production. Along with the co-directors, student leaders for the play include Stage Manager Miles Dievert, Technical Director/Lighting Designer Bobby Gaffney, and Set Designer/Construction Head Alix Lewis. A full cast and crew list will appear in next week’s print edition of The Newtown Bee.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows two young men and two young women, fairies, and a love quadrangle that only Shakespeare could dream up.

Annie said the play shows a “different side of Shakespeare” than most people are used to. Both she and Sarah promised a comedic play audiences will enjoy.

NHS seniors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Co-directors Annie Davidow, left, and Sarah Marsh sit in the school’s auditorium on November 4 during a rehearsal after school. —Bee Photo, Hallabeck
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