Heights Youth Theatre presents new musical 'Midsummer'
Pictured are "Midsummer" cast members who reside in Cleveland Heights and University Heights. (Photo by Martha Mahoney)
Heights Youth Theatre opens its 2012-13 season with "Midsummer," a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The production will be directed by its composer, Nathan Motta. The adaptation is accessible for audiences of all ages with the addition of modern language and music, peformed by a 13-piece chamber orchestra.
"Midsummer" features a cast of local students in grades 3 through 12, plus professional musicians playing an original score. Cast members include: Andrew Reynolds (Lysander), Benson Anderson (Demetrius), Sidney Perelman (Helena), Sophie Madorsky (Hermia), Emily Kenville (Puck), Gus Mahoney (Oberon), Govanna Miller (Titania), Christina Ciofani (Bottom), Anna Sheridan (Quince), Alexis Marinelli (Snout), Carolina Manfredi (Snug), Jack Bistritz (Flute), Neil Kelly (Theseus), Cassandra Knaggs (Egeus), Sydney Fieseler (Peaseblossom), Callie Swaim-Fox (Cobweb), Yumi Ndhlova (Mustardseed) and Sara Fedor (Philostrate).
"Midsummer" will be presented at Wiley Middle School Auditorium, 2181 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights, on: Oct. 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 21, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and $9 for seniors and children under 6 (cash or checks only). Call 216-780-2235 for tickets and group seating information. For more details, visit www.heightsyouththeatre.org.
Mary Patton, of University Heights, is a public relations consultant and Heights Youth Theatre Advisory Board member.