ArtReach Educational Theatre, in partnership with Spotlite Theatrix Production Company, is staging "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 3839 W. Frontage Road, in Palatine.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is a play by William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta.
These events include 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. The comedy is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.
The production is being directed by Dan Walsh of Chicago with assistant direction by Jonah Parra of Palatine and Breton Spiller of Mount Prospect.
The cast includes: Jonah Parra (Palatine) as Oberon, Breton Spiller (Mount Prospect) as Titania, Jamie Podgorny (Inverness) as Puck, Jackie Podgorny (Inverness) as Helena, Cassidy Murphy (Schaumburg) as Hermia, Caleb Mayhorn (Wheeling) as Lysander, Matt Goodmanson (Arlington Heights) as Demetrius, Joe Musto (Rolling Meadows) as Bottom, the Weaver, Cailin Bieda (Arlington Heights) as Hippolyta, and Michael Rau (Palatine) as Theseus.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For ticket information, call (630) 808-5852 or visit www.artreachspotlite.com.
The mission of ArtReach Educational Theatre is to expose children, age 5 through high school, to all aspects of theater, music and dance. Beginner to Advanced performing levels are open and ArtReach is getting ready to begin its Fall Musical Theatre Workshop. All children are challenged and encouraged. ArtReach offers private voice lessons, dance and acting classes, advanced musical theater workshops and summer arts camp programs in Palatine.
For information about ArtReach programs taught by professional actors and teachers, call (847) 372-7798 or visit www.artreachspotlite.com.
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