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Shakespeare for Kids: A Midsummer Night's Dream



This adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic tale "A Midsummer Night’s Dream” follows the adventures of four young lovers, a fairy king and queen, a duke, some local actors, a mischievous elf, fairies and more, whose hopes are tested in a magical forest where reality and imagination combine to transform all who enter. An entertaining introduction to the bard performed by young actors ages 6 to 16.

Directed by Jim Banar

Produced by Nancy Pickering

PERFORMANCES

Saturday, March 7

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

TICKETS

$10 general admission
$8 per ticket for groups of 10+

Buy tickets 2 ways:

  1. Online or by phone at 1-800-838-3006 with a credit card (service fee applies).
  2. At the Newtown Theatre box office by credit card, personal check or cash, beginning one hour before curtain on performance dates.

Reserve tickets by phone 215-860-7058 or e-mail tickets@newtownartscompany.com.

PRESS: Shakespeare for Kids bring the Bard to a younger audience

Jim Banar (Director) has written this adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He writes and directs 10-minute plays (Buster; Forest Folktales; Pieces of Eight)for Newtown Arts Company’s Stars of Tomorrow summer theater program, as well as being the program’s producer. Onstage, Jim has appeared as Professor Bhaer (Little Women, the Musical), Will Parker (Oklahoma!)and Inspector Colquhoun (Agatha Christie’s The Hollow)for Newtown Arts Company; King Henry VIII (A Man for All Seasons),Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol),the Baker (Into the Woods)and King Henry VIII (A Man for All Seasons)for Actor’s NET; Dr Craven (The Secret Garden)for Town and Country Players;and Gary LeJeune/Roger Tramplmain in Goodyear Theater’s production of Noises Off. He has directed Death Takes a Holiday, Arsenic and Old Lace, George Washington Slept Hereand Maid to Order for Newtown Arts Companyand will direct the company’s October, 2015 production of The 39 Steps. Jim lives in Newtown with his wife Mary.

Q&A with the Director

Describe the experience/opportunities kids will get from performing in Shakespeare for Kids: A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The experience will be enjoyable yet challenging. Our rehearsal period is short and intense, but should be a blast because this tale is so fun to tell. The Shakespearean language allows the young actors to learn how to enunciate clearly and is really fun to speak out loud. The story deals with themes and images very familiar to anyone who has every read a fairy tale, and should really stir all the actors’ imaginations. The actors will also take an active part in helping choose their costumes.

In the age of popular Disney musicals, why introduce Shakespeare to kids?

Shakespeare and Disney describe so many of the universal themes found throughout literature from ancient folk tales to more modern mythology. Who could watch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and not at least ponder the similarities with A Midsummer Night’s Dream: a man (prince in Beauty, Bottom in Midsummer) being turned into a beast by the act of some trickster character (witch vs. fairy); use of magic spell in Beauty, or potion in Midsummer. Both stories involve journeys through dark or enchanted forests where everyday people (Belle; Bottom) face trials, and, once overcome, are transformed by love and compassion –– Belle for the beast and Oberon for Titania. Both create wonderful dream images –– Disney through colorful animation and Shakespeare through colorful poetry.

Why was story of A Midsummer Night's Dream chosen from all the Shakespeare plays?

I love how magical dream imagery is used to tell this tale of love and transformation. In Shakespeare’s time, fairies and magic existed as reality…the causes for the good things and bad things that happened to people. In more modern times, one way we allow ourselves to approach fairies and magic is through the fairy tales we share with our children. I think A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a perfect bridge between imagery we have all experienced in our dreams and a 16th century writer who expressed dream imagery so well.

What do you hope the audience will get out of watching the show?

I hope they will laugh and be warmed by this tale as these young actors explore the foolish nature and ridiculous situations humans put themselves into while pursuing love. Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge at any level, but the energy and dedication the kids provide is wonderful to watch.

What do you hope the kids participating will get out of being in the show?

I hope they will enjoy the whole process –– overcoming the frustration of managing their lines while walking and talking; enjoying their performance time on stage where they can take pride and pleasure in bringing this classic tale to life.

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in order of appearance)

EgeusHayley Gessner
DemetriusLuke Quigley
PhilostrateJack Boyle
HermiaKiera Katz
LysanderBen Tchang
TheseusDylan Tchang
HippolytaGiavanna Cordero
HelenaGianna Mathis
Peter QuinceGabrielle Kalayjian
Nick BottomGillian Lane
Francis FluteLiam Katz
SnugAbigail Gessner
Robin Starveling and Moth 2Janki Namboodiripad
Robin GoodfellowJack Boyle
CobwebBraydon Wilson
PeaseblossumAlana Gessner
OberonKiera Alvarez
TitaniaHayley Gessner
Moth 1Giavanna Cordero
MustardseedDylan Tchang