'Midsummer Circus' opens this week
Lakeridge Junior High creates updated version of Shakespeare's classic
A Lakeridge Junior High School teacher threaded together a host of elements aerial silks, A Midsummer Nights Dream and clowns to weave a fresh production of a Shakespearean classic.
Amy Gretencorts Midsummer Circus, takes the Bards well-known romantic comedy about mischievous fairies and royal disputes, and transforms it into a modern-day escapade featuring clowns and aeries instead of fairies. Gretencort said it took her about a month to put the revised play together.
Opening night Feb. 27 coincides with the second annual Arts Night, a fundraiser for the schools visual and performing arts programs featuring a gallery of Lakeridge Junior High students creative works and live music.
Eighth-grader Anna Garrison is Tania, a play on the original fairy queens name, Titania, and Anna said her favorite part is the scene in which Tania falls for a former clown whos taken an animals form.
They put a spell on me, and I fall in love with a donkey, Anna said.
Transformed clown Asino, a role eighth-grader Matty McComish takes on, is Tanias bewitching, four-legged love.
Its creative, Matty said. I think the audience will enjoy it because its kind of romantic in a way.
The students have been practicing with the aerial silks for weeks, and the scenes are full of sparkle.
Theres a lot of glitter, Anna said.
If you go
The play is accompanied by Arts Night at 6 p.m. Feb. 27, and the cost is $7 per ticket that night. The play continues at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, March 6 and March 7, and it is $5 per ticket on these nights.
For more information, call 503-534-2343.
Jillian Daley can be reached at email@example.com and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.
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