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Drama students perform Shakespeare

Opening night is May 1
by: Susan Charriere, The cast for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is ready for opening night on May 1.

Estacada High School Drama Club is ready with their spring play, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 1-3 in the Estacada Auditorium.

The main plot of Midsummer involves two couples: Hermia (played by Veronica Lundberg) and Lysander (Eric McAbee), and Helena (Jessica Wiseman) and Demetrius (Jesten Kammers), who flee their parents in pursuit of love.

The play is complicated by the couples' entrance into an enchanted woodland where the King and Queen of the Fairies are at war. Nick Hoppenbrouwers plays King Oberon. Hannah Haley is Queen Titania. The impish Puck is played by Noah Cotter.

In a brilliant subplot, another set of characters - Bottom the Weaver (played by Joey Triska). and his bumptious band of 'rude mechanicals' (Hailee Kendrick, Jacob Hoppenbrouwers, Corey Marlowe and Lydia Hunt) stumble into the same magical forest to rehearse a play. Their performance of this play-within-a-play is takes place in Act V.

The Mechanicals play is to be performed for Duke Theseus' (Phil Rigby) wedding to Hippolyta (Cassie Copeland).

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' begins when Hermia's father, Egeus (Troy Williams) insists on choosing Hermia's betrothed. Of course, this is not the man of her dreams and a wild romp ensues as she escapes with her true love.

The rest of the cast include fairies and servants played by Alexis Charriere (understudy for Titania), Bethany Kraft, Christine Lewis, Jessica Armstrong, Tiffany Borges-Silva, Katie Cipolla, Alder Shibley, Mary Walsh, Alisha Stalcup and Jennifer Souders. Estacada High School drama instructor Steve Christensen directs. Natashia Pardo is the student director.

Tickets are available in the high school office or at the door prior to the performance. Prices are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and $2 for children younger than 12.