Monday, September 27, 2010

How do skateboards fit into Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream is staged in today's high school world with cheerleaders, football players, drama students and a team of Pucks skate boarding their way through the woods. In North Star Academy's presentation of  'A Midsummers Night's Dream' you'll see how the themes are just as current today. Are you Team Lysander or Team Demetrius?

Shakespeare's comedy, "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM", is presented
with a modern twist which includes iconic high school characters and
multiple punk Pucks skateboarding through the woods
October 21-24 at North Star Academy.

North Star Academy's Shakespeare program is unique to the area bringing the study of
the words of Shakespeare to children in 3rd-8th grade. This year, as an added bonus,
North Star's Youth Orchestra will be performing music from Mendelssohn's "Midsummer
Night's Dream. There has been a Shakespeare Performance and curriculum enrichment
program for 14 years at North Star Academy, a public elementary school which earned a
California Distinguished School Award in 2010. The program will involve 80 students
this year. The performance is funded in part by North Star Parent Club and a grant from
the Redwood City Cultural Commission.

"Setting 'A Midsummer Night's Dream" in a modern day high school makes it relevant
for our students... and more engaging. Of course, the characters, the plot, and the fun are
timeless. Settings can change... but human nature doesn't."

Come enjoy an evening of true love, unrequited love, hijinks and enchantment with a
modern twist that only Shakespeare can deliver.

"William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is re-imagined into today's
high school world, with cheerleaders, football players, drama students, and a team of
Pucks finding their way through the woods. The comedy is as fresh as ever... and the
setting appeals to today's young audience.
This play is edited to be family friendly and 90 minutes in length.

THURSDAY October 21st, 7 pm
FRIDAY, October 22, 7 pm
SATURDAY, October 23, 7 pm
SUNDAY, October 24 at 2 pm

Ticket Prices:
General $12 Advance/$14 at the door
Thursday/Sunday: Seniors and Student $8 At the door

North Star Academy is a public school in Redwood City. It was established in 1997 to
serve the unique needs of high achieving-students in grades 3-8th grade. It is funded
primarily through the California public school system while additional funds are raised
through the Parent Club and fundraisers including a Lap-A-Thon and annual auction to
provide additional programs and resources to the school.
Tax status: 501c(3): Tax Exempt number 94-3310787