PRINCETON — Princeton Christian Academy students in Grades 5-8 will honor Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this year by performing their spring play, “A Midsummer Night’s Midterm,” at 7 p.m. May 2 and 3.
The play is a shortened version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with commentary added by four modern-day students who are supposedly studying the play for an upcoming midterm exam. The PCA seventh- and eighth-grade students have read and studied the real Shakespearean play in literature class, as well as having seen the professional production of it at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, all of which has prepared them to handle the Bard’s language.
The large cast includes Daniel Henrikson as Theseus, Claudette Rosario as Hippolyta, Kelly Van Den Bussche as Hermia, Jonathan Henrikson as Lysander, Kenley Grimmer as Helena, Sam Wolbrecht as Demetrius, Wessley Baker as Egeus and Eliza Atkinson as Philostrate. The fairy world is played by Drew Grey as Puck, Gabe Thompson as Oberon, Thressa Nelson as Titania, and the singing, dancing fairies are Addilyn Glass, J’Kira Wolbrecht, Paige Twidell, Ellie Geldean, Jerrey Nelson, Gracie Pollok, and Eliza Atkinson. The players who hilariously perform “Pyramus and Thisbe” within the play are Will Finley as Bottom, Ivy Brown as Quince, Colin Weddell as Flute, Anya Kauffman as Snout, Gio Romagnoli as Snug and Wessley Baker as Starveling. The four modern-day students are Katherine Henrikson, Regan Cook, Anna Grey and Emily Fisher. The play is directed by Marty Kiser.
The public is invited to this entertaining and classic evening of theater at Princeton Bible Church, located 2 miles northeast of Princeton on Route 34. Admission is free, although a free-will offering will be taken to help with expenses of the play.