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Franklin High actors in "Fall Festival of Shakespeare"

DAVID F. ASHTON - Franklin High student actors Max Platt-Devlin (who plays Nick Bottom), Anna Bell (as Tom Snout and the Wall), and Jared Roper (as Francis Flute), together work out a scene from the schools upcoming production of A Midsummer Nights Dream.Student thespians of the Franklin High School (FHS) Drama Department – currently operating from the Marshall High campus in Lents, while their own high school is updated and reconstructed – are preparing to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, in a professional theater in downtown Portland on Saturday, November 21.

The Fall Festival of Shakespeare is a non-competitive, region-wide collaboration between Portland Playhouse and area high schools, held at the Winningstad Theatre.

In the Franklin High production, a cast of thirty actors play out the love stories and marriages of the Shakespeare comedy, complicated by mischievous fairies plying love potions.

“What’s great about this show is the opportunity for many different types of roles,” remarked the show’s Director, visiting instructor Jake Merriman.

For those who’d rather not drive downtown, the FHS Drama Department’s Josh Forsythe told THE BEE they’re preparing the stage at the Marshall Campus for six additional “local” showings of this production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

The curtain for those shows goes up at 7 p.m. on November 6 and 7, then again on November 12, 13, and 14. And, they’re also presenting a matinee show on Sunday, November 8th, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10.00 for adults, and $5.00 students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at the student store.

Remember, if you’re going there for the show, Franklin High is now temporarily located at 3905 S.E. 91st Avenue in Portland, on the Marshall High campus.

And to see their production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” downtown, be at the Winningstad Theatre (1111 S.W. Broadway at Main Street) on Saturday, November 21st, at noon. Tickets there are $15, and can be bought online at: www.portland5.com/winningstad-theatre/events/fall-festival-shakespeare-1