Merredin youths act in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', adding their own twist

Shakespeare came to Merredin on Friday night, with 21 local students doing their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Cummins Theatre.

The curtains opened about 7pm to the roaring welcome of a full house.

The rendition of the famous play was entertaining and funny, with references to the present era.

With the help of international guest director Stephanie Ann Foster, the young actors were able to put together the amazing show in just two weeks.

It was a part of Foster’s five-week programme in Merredin, during which she has directed another three free workshops at St Mary’s, a character-building workshop with the Repertory Club, an upcoming comedy Kapow! Splat! and she is also acting as one half of the cast in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Cummins Theatre thanked community supporters including the Merredin Repertory Club which lent most of the costumes; club members including Louise French and Grant Stainer who lent sewing supplies and donated their time to help build the wild fairy hippie forest; local actress Kelly Jones who helped with makeup; the team at Two Dogs Home Hardware which built the stage block so that it would be safe for the young actors; Sheena House and Robin Jefferys, who sewed for 12 hours in a single weekend and returned every day of rehearsal to do touch-ups and repairs; and the Shire of Merredin.


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