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'Dream' starts Thursday

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A moonlit forest is being built on the Park High School auditorium stage to present a world of fantasy, complete with four star-crossed lovers and a bunch of fairies determined to "mess with the real world," said Director Tracy Caponigri, who is new to the school's drama department this year, having taught at Oltman Junior High School.

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"A Midsummer Night's Dream," one of Shakespeare's most popular stage plays, complements "The Wizard of Oz" that will be presented in the spring, she said.

It's good for students to have experience acting in a classic, Caponigri said.

The actors have to learn to use their bodies instead of just words because the language of Shakespeare is not always clear to the audience.

Young children should enjoy the fairies in the play, she said.

There are no real "leads" in the play, said Jasmine Branum, who plays Hermia. It's her first major acting role, she said.

"There are a lot of subplots in the play that all come together in the end, sort of like tying a bow," she said.

Because it was written in the 1500s, Branum was amazed at how relevant it still is in terms of relationships. Parents are still angry with their children if they date someone they don't approve of.

"I like the fantasy and I loved the play after I read it in 10th-grade," said Sam Salwasser, who plays the Duke of Athens.

David Potter has a minor role as one of the guards in this play and hopes for larger roles in the future. "I plan on doing theater until I graduate," he said.

If you go

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 29, 30 and 31 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Park High School Auditorium.

For presale tickets, e-mail parkhighschooltheatre@yahoo.com. Tickets for students and senior citizens are $4 and $6 for adults.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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