Summer arrives early at Playhouse


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Millennium Charter Academy is presenting “A Midsummer Night’s Eve” Sunday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Here are, from left, Julia Southern as Titania, Anna Peterson as Moth, and Brooksie Lawson as Peaseblossom.


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Carlos Chichino, left, portrays Oberon, conspiring with Puck, played by Lexi Watson.


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From left are Alexis Stanley as Hippolyta, Henry Richardson as Theseus, and teacher Neal Dawes as Egeus.


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From left are teacher Paul Rezzo as Starveling/Moonshine, Gavin Young as Quince, Isaiah Fitzpatrick as Bottom/Pyramus, and Brooksie Lawson who plays Flute/Thisbe/Peaseblossom.


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The Bard returns to the Andy Griffith Playhouse this weekend as Millennium Charter Academy presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Sunday.

Millennium high school students, ages 14 to 16, are the ones who make up the cast and crew.

“Shakespeare is extremely challenging for adults, much less teenagers, but these actors have truly worked hard to understand the story,” said Alicia Merritt, the school’s theatre teacher and director for this play. “This shows through their vividly expressive and creative characterizations. It has been my great pleasure to direct them.”

“I am very excited with the wonderful growth of MCA’s high school theatre program this year and the enthusiastic support within our school community and Mount Airy, as well.”

The play is one of Shakespeare’s comedies, a tale of star-crossed lovers and mistaken identity. There is a play within the main play, along with magical foibles, and serendipitously happy endings.

“This is an extremely talented and multi-faceted group of young adult actors, so the audience is in for a real treat,” said Merritt. “These theatre students already have a theatre award under their belts this school year for Best Overall Physical Comedy from the North Carolina Theatre Conference in Raleigh last November.”

Millennium history teacher Neal Dawes serves as assistant director, and also lends his voice to the show, playing Philostrate and Egeus.

Spanish teacher Loida Slate serves as costume director, while her daughter Anna plays Moth the Fairy. English teacher Paul Rezzo plays Starveling the Tailor and Moonshine.

The Playhouse will feature two performances Sunday: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The cast is comprised of:

The Magicals: Puck – Lexi Watson, Oberon – Carlos Chichino, Titania – Julia Southern, Peaseblossom – Brooksie Lawson, Cobweb – Travis Watts, Mustardseed – Kaylee Horton, Moth – Anna Peterson;

The Lovers: Lysander – Aidan Woods, Demetrius – Andrew O’ Neal, Hermia – Amy Depetris, Helena – Courtney Busick;

The Royals: Theseus – Henry Richardson, Hippolyta – Alexis Stanley, Egeus/Philostrate – Neal Dawes;

The Mechanicals: Bottom the Weaver/Pyramus – Isaiah Fitzpatrick, Quince the Carpenter – Gavin Young, Snug the Joiner/Lion – Travis Watts, Flute the Bellows-Mender/Thisbe – Brooksie Lawson, Snout the Tinker/Wall – Kaylee Horton, Starveling the Tailor/Moonshine – Paul Rezzo;

Backstage Crew: Jacob Hiatt, Tony O’Rourke, Chris Marsh, Daniel Moore, Giorgia Chapman, Alyssa Collins and Maggie Glenn.

Millennium Charter Academy is presenting “A Midsummer Night’s Eve” Sunday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Here are, from left, Julia Southern as Titania, Anna Peterson as Moth, and Brooksie Lawson as Peaseblossom.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_0JAL3009_filtered.jpgMillennium Charter Academy is presenting “A Midsummer Night’s Eve” Sunday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse. Here are, from left, Julia Southern as Titania, Anna Peterson as Moth, and Brooksie Lawson as Peaseblossom. Jeff Linville | The News

Carlos Chichino, left, portrays Oberon, conspiring with Puck, played by Lexi Watson.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_0JAL3040_filtered.jpgCarlos Chichino, left, portrays Oberon, conspiring with Puck, played by Lexi Watson. Jeff Linville | The News

From left are Alexis Stanley as Hippolyta, Henry Richardson as Theseus, and teacher Neal Dawes as Egeus.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_0JAL2974_filtered.jpgFrom left are Alexis Stanley as Hippolyta, Henry Richardson as Theseus, and teacher Neal Dawes as Egeus. Jeff Linville | The News

From left are teacher Paul Rezzo as Starveling/Moonshine, Gavin Young as Quince, Isaiah Fitzpatrick as Bottom/Pyramus, and Brooksie Lawson who plays Flute/Thisbe/Peaseblossom.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_0JAL2989_filtered.jpgFrom left are teacher Paul Rezzo as Starveling/Moonshine, Gavin Young as Quince, Isaiah Fitzpatrick as Bottom/Pyramus, and Brooksie Lawson who plays Flute/Thisbe/Peaseblossom. Jeff Linville | The News

By Jeff Linville

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