'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
The Morris Area High School drama department will present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" April 29 to May 1.
The comedy by William Shakespeare will be performed at 7:30 p.m. each night at the high school auditorium.
The popular play follows the lives of four young Athenians, a group of actors, and their interactions with a duke, a queen and fairies who live in a forest.
Co-director Dave Johnson said he was talked into staging the production by co-director Peter Ray.
"I wanted to do a Shakespeare play with these kids before I left forever," said Ray, a 2009 University of Minnesota, Morris graduate who spent this year as the Reading Corps representative in the Kensington school.
The accessibility of the play made it a good choice, Johnson said.
"There aren't many of Shakespeare's plays I'm willing to direct at the high school level," Johnson said. " 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is one of them. And it's funny."
The cast and crew numbers more than 40, with more than 20 actors in the cast.
Mitch Grussing is coordinating music, Marco Avila is the designer and Rachel Coler is working with makeup and hair. Tony Pelowski created the production's poster.
Actor Laura Lou Delehanty said the drama department has done more modern plays in recent years so delving back hundreds of years -- to Shakespeare, no less -- has been interesting.
"It's tons of fun," Delehanty said. "Part of it is that we don't do much Shakespearey stuff. It's just weird stuff, and I like that."
Midsummer Night's Dream -- Cast List
Nate Fangmeier -- Theseus
Azelia Opak -- Hippolyta
Chris Tiernan -- Egeus
Jackson Boever -- Lysander
Tabitha Sanderson -- Hermia
Krista Matthews-Saugstad -- Helena
Otto Kildegaard -- Demetrius
Lucas Weiland -- Philostrate
Kelsey Mitteness -- Quince
Tony Pelowski -- Bottom
Thomas McPhee -- Flute
Laura Lou Delehanty -- Starveling
Caleb Sanderson -- Snug
Mitchell Finzel -- Snout
Matt Cotter -- Oberon
Olivia Pilarski -- Titania
James Aronson -- Puck
April Jyrkas -- Peaseblossom
Kendra Buro -- Cobweb
Alyssa Uphoff -- Mustardseed
Carter Amundson -- Oberon's Fairy
Lenny Scott -- Oberon's Fairy
Sprites -- Amber Logan, Brianna Pelowski, Augusta Finzel, Lenny Scott, Brenna Monroe.