Douglas College theatre students present A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Douglas College theatre students will bring to life one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays in their latest production.

Presented by the departments of Theatre and Stagecraft and Event Technology, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by Thrasso Petras and will run March 17-24.

In the comedy of errors, lovers are pitted against one another against the backdrop of a dark wood. Thrasso and the student actors explore the darker complications of the iconic play and work to reconcile them with the light and humour that is also very prevalent.

“Shakespeare doesn’t shrink away from the shadowy aspects of love and lust,” he said, noting an impressive performance of the play in Munich inspired him to take on the production at Douglas.

“What made the play so compelling was that the performances, especially of the lovers, were so visceral and so muscular that there was no mistaking their intention, desire, and need. It also highlighted that there is a very dark aspect to the play.”

The plot focuses on the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the Amazon queen. The spotlight is put on four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest.

The cast of Douglas College theatre students includes: Noah Oryema from Vancouver; Alexandra Butler (Vancouver); Colin Amor (Delta); Blake Hobson-Dimas (Surrey); Frances Rose Warwick (Surrey); Ashley Chodat (Surrey); Arjun Panesar (Surrey); Christian Krushel (Saskatoon); Chloe MacDonald-Comely (Vancouver); Sargil Tongol (Surrey); and Douglas College alumni Allie Melchert, Michael Bernard and Madelyn Osborne.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs March 17-24 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre at the Douglas College New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave.

Tickets ($20 for general admission; $10 for students and seniors) can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at brownpapertickets.com

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Contact

Thrasso Petras, director

thrassop@douglascollege.ca

604 527 5278