Shakespeare takes on a 1960s vibe when Runnels High School’s junior and senior drama department presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, school officials said in a news release.
In the Runnels production, the play’s setting shifts from ancient Greece to the 1960s. As the story opens, the lovers — Hermia, Lysander, Helena and Demetrius — are clean-cut, but when action moves to the forest, flower power takes over, the release said. “The fairies are hippies,” said kindergarten through 12th-grade theater program chairwoman and play director Neena Kelfstrom.
The story is about Hermia, who wants to marry Lysander; however, her father insists that she marry Demetrius. Helena, who is Demetrius’s ex-girlfriend, wants to get him back. The Duke, who runs the city, rules in favor of Hermia’s father. As a result, Hermia runs off and hides in the forest, where mischief and magic seem to occur on a regular basis, the release said. The play features fairies, feuding royals and love potions gone astray, as well as a troupe of bumbling amateur actors who tangle with the fairies, the release said. Wedding bells ring in the end, but for whom?
Actors are Connor Matthews as the Duke, Rachel Yura as Hippolyta, Max Morgan as Egeus, Jarrett LaBonne as Lysander, Everett Hibner as Demetrius, McKenzie Mayeaux as Hermia, Jena Bordelon as Helena, Grayson Tregre as Philostrate, Sean Parker as Peter Quince, Justin Reeves as Snug and the Lion, John Wiese as Nick Bottom and Pyramus, Grant Turner as Francis Flute and Thisby, Michael Martinez as Tom Snout and the Wall, Brandon Kelfstrom as Robin Starveling and Moonshine, Caleb Manning as King Oberon, Jessy DeSimone as Queen Titania, and Hayden Ponjuan as Puck/Robin Goodfellow.
Portraying fairies are Griffin Gowdy, Savannah Sanders, Beatriz Carmona, Marisa Russo, Isabel Booty, Emily Britt, Sara Brandenburg, McKenna Tregre, Amelia Jennings, Hannah Cassano, Kyra Reeves, Janie Schlotterer, Julia Sager, Natalia Tooraen, Jackie Hinkle, Taylor Koontz and Jenna Carballo.
Oberon’s crew includes Zacki Solomon, Andrew Schacht, Dino Pellissier, Ian Shaneyfelt, Ben Holliday, Tyler Robbins and Garrett Miller.
Allie Nicholson is stage manager, and Micah Danos and Elizabeth Daigle are assistant stage managers.
Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults if purchased in advance. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call the high school office at (225) 751-2192 for advance tickets or information.