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'A Midsummer Night's Dream' bounds into theater department for mere mortals

5/8/2014

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

Travis Grizzell said he wanted to challenge this year's cast for the spring play at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School "because they have so much talent."

That's why he chose William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a comedy with three story lines.

The play begins Friday and continues through Sunday. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, all in Dreiling Theater at TMP.

"Crucible was so dramatic," Grizzell, TMP-Marian's play director, said of last year's spring production, a serious play featuring a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in the late 1600s.

"So we decided to go a little lighter this year," he said.

After selecting his choice for 2014, which is considered one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage, Grizzell said he wasn't sure what type of reaction he would get from the students.

"You throw Shakespeare at them, and they look like 'Why would we want to endure that?' " Grizzell said. "But they've really responded well."

Three of the featured cast members are seniors -- Jacob Brull, Haileigh Jacobs and Becca Channell.

"There really is no lead roles in this one," Grizzell said, "but the others do lean on the seniors a little."

Anyone who has trouble navigating steps but would like to see the play is in luck. The new elevator at the four-story TMP administration building is completed and in working order. Dreiling Theater is on the second floor of the building.