Everybody Wants To See The Bard!

The annual young students’ production of SHAKESPEARED! is this week at the Hazel Day Longden Theatre. Two groups will present differently inspired adaptations of Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  The middle school production will be Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. The high school production will be Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m.  Tickets for both productions are available only at the door for $3 each. Children twelve years of age and younger are admitted free.

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First up on Friday will be the Young Bards in a highly physical eclectic version of the play directed by Eleanor Howard who will also play Egeus. It features Alex Gurnon as Bottom and Millie Larsen as Puck.

Others in the forest include Kate Larsen, Michael Henry, Evelyn Ryan-Shager, Hadley Roderick, Henry Wolfe, and Hollis Barcus.

Featured roles are taken by Alice Howard, Keyli Jefferson, Charlotte Jones, Savannah Wolfe, Olivia Reeves, Mairyn Huber, Tinzlee Coulson, Charlotte Jones, and Caleb Watkins.

On Saturday the Old Bards will take to the stage in a production directed by Caroline Good who is assisted by David Johnson (who also assisted with the Young Bards’ version). This ‘Dream’ is set in the 1950’s. Many of the performers play multiple roles.

It features Ellen Blackledge, Max Isaacs-Bailey, Josie Cox, Liel Watkins, and Catherine Ryan-Shrager. Other roles are taken by Ingrid Norris, Kendra Arruda, and Rhian Gillum.

Also appearing in this version are Adrianna Gillum, Ella Tischer, Nicolette Blackledge, Katie Funk.  The cast includes Marigrace Girton, Joslyn Cash, MJ Cooper and Cagney Huffman.

Costume coordinators are Josie Tischer and Miranda Brown. Viola Reeves is assisting Linda Gjesvold with the set.