As part of its 50th Anniversary Golden Hits Series, Waimea Community Theatre has cast the perennial favorite comedy by William Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” for presentation as the group’s 50th Anniversary spring production, scheduled to open on May 16, at the historic Parker School Theatre in Waimea. Directed by Felecity Johnson and produced by Daniel Bal, the play will run at Parker Theatre, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. from May 16 to 28.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a story of lovers, fairies, workmen, and a royal court based in Morocco. Theseus, Duke of Morocco, is about to be married to Hippolyta and they are planning their wedding celebration. Meanwhile, four young lovers are all mixed up with Lysander and Demetrius, both in love with Hermia. Hermia wants to marry Lysander, but Hermia’s father wants her to marry Demetrius. The fairies get involved with magic potions that compel both Lysander and Demetrius to fall in love with Helena. The Fairy King, Oberon, wants a young Indian boy who is cared for by the Fairy Queen, Titania, and when she refuses to give him up he casts a spell on her so she will fall in love with the first thing she sees upon waking.
In the upcoming WCT production, Theseus will be played by Steve Taylor; Hippolyta will be played by Kelly Barrik the first weekend and by Cindy Boyd the second weekend; Hermia’s father Egeus by Bill Cruise and Hermia by Hope Boyd; lovers Demetrius and Lysander by Max Von Keudell and Bryden Jones; and Helena by Amelia Wirth. Dave Merrin and Dedrie Miller appear as Fairy King and Queen, Oberon and Titania; Mick Miller as Puck, Tahirih Ajimine as Cobweb, Beyonce Corpuz as Peaseblossom, Maren Luana Weick as Mustardseed, and Payton Kendrick as Moth. Other fairies will be played by Gemma Palleschi and Madde Bailey. The head Workman Quince, will be played by John Sucke, Bottom by Wilbor Boyd, Snout by Brian Thomas, Snug by Colin Edsman, Starveling by Daniel Bal, and Flute by Tanner Legler.
Tickets are $15 for adults, with discounts for seniors, students, keiki, military, and for advance purchase. Tickets are available in Waimea at Waimea General Store and Without Boundaries Gift Shop, and in Kailua at Suite Possibilities, as well as from the cast and at the door. More information is available on the group’s website, www.waimeacommunitytheatre.org, on their Facebook page, or by calling 885-5818.