Shakespeare comes to Craig

High school students present 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Drama with dinner comes to Craig this weekend when Moffat County High School thespians stage a Shakespeare classic.

The play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," is a first for the high school theater department.

"I chose it because we hadn't done anything like it before," director Amy Coleman said. "The kids need to experience that kind of acting. One of my objectives is to show them different styles of acting and literature."

For seniors Paige Terry and Nathan Paschke, the Renaissance-period play is the final production of their high school careers.

"It's sad," Terry said. "I'm happy that I'm graduating but sad that there are no more high school plays to be in."

She said the biggest obstacle she overcame in the play was translating Shakespeare's language into modern terms that she could understand.

Paschke said he was not a fan of Shakespeare's work but appreciates trying a different genre.

"My biggest fear is that people won't understand what's going on," he said.

Coleman said she tried to combat this problem by shortening the play to one hour and by teaching the students to use body language to convey the story.

Terry said she enjoyed working on the intricate set design with adult guide Troy DeRose. Each student is required to put in 12 hours of work on the set in addition to rehearsals.

"It helps you build a relationship with the rest of the cast, and it brings us closer together," Terry said. "You're proud of it because we made it. No one else did it for you."

The students will present four performances this weekend. The curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The students also will offer a Renaissance King's Feast at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday for those who would like to enjoy dinner before the show.

The dinner will include a turkey leg, flaming dessert, ginger ale and entertainment by student actors.

Tickets for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" are $5 each for the performance only. Moffat County High School students get into the performance free with their student IDs.

The Renaissance King's Feast is $15 per person, which includes the price of play admission. No student discount is offered with the dinner.

"I thought it would be neat because if these students go on in acting, they will likely be doing dinner theater," Coleman said. "Insert joke about actors being waiters and waitresses here."

The students will each be assigned a table at the dinners. They will be responsible for serving and entertaining the diners.

Coleman said other dinner performers will include jugglers and concerts by the high school's band and choir.

She said this spring's production is different from any other show the students have performed and involves a crop of students who are new to the stage.

She double-cast several of the roles for variety and inclusion.

"It gets more kids involved," Coleman said. "And then the audience will come more than one night to see the different cast."

For information, call the high school at 824-7036.

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