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The cast of the Morris Area High School production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" rehearse on Thursday at the high school auditorium. The cast will perform its spring play April 29 to May 1. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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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.

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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.

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