Delta Secondary theatre students are presenting a classic Shakespearean comedy this week at Genesis Theatre.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens Wednesday and runs until Saturday.
“The kids have been working really hard to understand the play in terms of its theatrical context and the influence it’s had on theatre today,” said drama teacher and director Rebecca Salton.
“They’ve really embraced classic Shakespearean speech and acting skills and they’re doing a really good job of it,” she said.
The production is a condensed version of the play with beautiful costumes and sets built by the cast and a small crew, she said.
Salton noted a group of DSS theatre alumni has been helping for the past few weeks.
Capilano University student Ann Matterson is one of those lending a hand.
“It’s been really, really fun,” she said.
Grade 12 student Lauren Smith plays Helena.
She said cast members have to know what they’re saying and what it means.
“It’s difficult because you really have to get every single word down. You can’t wing anything or paraphrase really or else it just doesn’t make any sense.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs May 9 to 12 at Genesis Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. as well as a matinee on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. Tickets are available at the Genesis Theatre box office at lunch and after school. Tickets can also be preordered through MSND2018DSS@gmail.com.