William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the Bard’s most joyous comedies, and nine Clatsop Community College Upward Bound students are pulling out all the stops to present an evening of fun and fantasy, 7pm, Wednesday July 27, 2011 at the CCC Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street (corner of Franklin), Astoria.
Upward Bound at CCC is a TRiO pre-college program of the U.S. Department of Education. It provides advising, tutoring, mentoring, cultural enrichment and academic instruction for students in 9th through 12th grades. The program’s Summer Academy is a college-simulation experience to promote success in education beyond high school.
Just as Shakespeare’s actors did, each member of the cast is playing multiple roles in this condensed 90-minute version of this fantasy about love and magic. Students from three high schools (Astoria, Warrenton, and Seaside) are combining forces through the CCC Upward Bound program, and have been working on the play with professional director Meg Patterson for the past six weeks. It’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce the entire family to the wonderful worlds of the Athens Royal Court, the forest Fairy World, and the hilarious “Mechanicals” as they perform their play-within-a-play.
Lainnie Alexander portrays Duke Theseus, and Anna Teadke is Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. A controlling father, Egeus (Rachael Leroux) invokes the strict law of Athens causing a foursome of confused young lovers—Hermia (Serena Gonwicha), Lysander (Adam Buchanan), Helena (Courtney Lofton) and Demetrius (Derick Watson)—to flee for the forest, where Alexander and Teadke turn up again as Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of a band of mischievous fairies. Because the fairy royals are engaged in a battle royal, things are thrown out of joint for a band of roguish actors, led by a show-off named Bottom (Joseph Laymer), which sets the stage for a fairy prankster named Puck (Hannah Coffey) to create chaos in the night. But by morning all is well again, leaving harmony not just among the characters but within and between whole worlds.
Meg Patterson, former Artistic Director of the Mendocino Shakespeare Festival, directs the play. Music for the production was composed by actor Derick Watson, costumes created by Jeannie Alexander, and the lighting designed by Carly Keone.
TICKETS: Are available at the door for a $1.00 donation. At the suggestion of the students, proceeds will benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. Information is available at (503) 338-2370. One performance only on Wednesday July 27, 2011 at 7pm at the Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street (corner of Franklin) in Astoria.
For additional information, please call 503-338-2370.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. ADA accessible facility. Clatsop Community College’s Upward Bound program is 100% funded by a federal grant in the amount of $282,465.
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Rehearsal.jpeg: Lovers face off in rehearsal for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Performing Arts Center July 27th at 7pm: (from L to R) Courtney Lofton, Joseph Laymer, Serena Gonwicha, and Adam Buchanan.
Oberon & Titania.jpg : Lainnie Alexander and Anna Teadke face off as Oberon and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Performing Arts Center July 27th at 7pm