Originally Published: May 1, 2013 10 p.m.
The The@trics Theatre will showcase the talents of 13 Prescott-area students in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which plays at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday in Perkins Hall, located in the First Congregational Church.
The comedy surrounds the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, to Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. The story line includes the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set, said Cason Murphy, who co-directs the play with Tiffany Antone.
"They are in there, speaking Shakespeare," Murphy said of the cast, ranging in age from 10 to 17, in addition to three fairies who are 7 and 8 years old.
"The kids have worked hard to bring it to life," he said.
The actors perform the play "in thrust," meaning they will have audience on three sides of the stage area.
"From the moment you walk in, you'll be in the forest," Murphy said of the set designed to emulate a wooded area.
"The kids stepped up" to performing one of the bard's most famous plays, Murphy said. "They don't know to be afraid of Shakespeare. To them, it's another story and a fun story, with timeless themes of love, unrequited love and fighting what your parents want for you.
"Midsummer Night' Dream" stands "the test of time. The kids can relate to it," Murphy said. "The kids are really enjoying it and have taken ownership of it."
That they have "taken ownership" of Shakespeare's play is evidenced by the fact "they are finding the most amazing ways to integrate Shakespeare into their lives," Antone said. "Their frames of reference are constantly making us laugh. We've had students tell us they are speaking to their parents in iambic pentameter, finding allusions to pop culture highlights like the 'Avengers' in a classic speech by one of the fairies, and impressing their friends with Shakespearean insults like 'cat-hag.'"
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" uses "each student's unique talents, be they dancing, singing, juggling, doing puppetry or mandolin playing," Murphy said.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. The church is located at 216 E. Gurley St. For more information, visit www.theatricstheatre.org or call 273-3884.