Home-schooled students to perform Shakespeare
CHAMPAIGN — The World Stage Theatre Company will present William Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stratford Park Bible Chapel, 2801 W. Kirby Ave.
The production is free and open to the public and will feature 34 home-schooled students from the Champaign-Urbana area.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" plays with the beguilement of falling in love.
The course of true love for two couples, Hermia and Lysander — played by Erin Kaufman of Champaign and Steve Senseney of Atwood — and Helena and Demetrius — Hannah Overbye of Homer and Michael Limentato of Champaign — is disrupted when Demetrius turns from Helena and sets his sights on Hermia.
Hermia and Lysander run away, heading for a town on the far side of a forest. Demetrius pursues them, followed by Helena. Fairies rule the forest. Music, song and dance create a magical atmosphere in which Sarah and Elena Birchenough of Tuscola dance a ballet choreographed by Sarah.
Fairy musicians Olivia and Elizabeth Gramly of Sadorus, Valerie Norcross of Champaign, Amanda Overbye of Homer and Elizabeth Cenzano of Savoy enchant with penny whistles, harp, violins, guitar and recorder.
The fairy king Oberon — Ben Flaschbart of Champaign — and queen Titania — Ally De Roo of Foosland — quarrel, and Oberon enlists the help of impish Puck — Emily Doehring of Savoy — to play a trick on Titania.
Comical workmen portrayed by Michael Doehring of Savoy, John Southards of St. Joseph, Noah Brown of Champaign, Daniel Cenzano of Savoy and John Nicol of Urbana led by Bottom — Jacob Doehring of Savoy — are in the forest rehearsing a play to entertain at the wedding of Duke Theseus (Mark Mochel of Champaign) and Hippolyta (Elizabeth Gramly of Champaign).
Puck increases the hilarity by giving Bottom the head of a donkey, and it is in that form that Bottom awakens Titania. Meanwhile, Puck makes a mistake when trying to use the potion to straighten out the original lovers, and all becomes more complicated before being untangled.
The World Stage Theatre Company is directed by Elizabeth Nicol of Urbana. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The production is supported in part by a city of Urbana Public Arts Grant.