This brand-new troupe, created in conjunction with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and composed of students from five Bloomington-Normal area high schools, will perform a one-hour version of Midsummer this week.
Cristen Susong directs a cast of 20, which includes Maggie Brothers, Shannon Jirik, Christopher Abel and Nick Clark as the mismatched Athenian lovers, Jacob Mattia, Timothy Zaitzeff, Susan Rudahindwa and Maxx Lawrence as the nobles, Katelynn Shennett, Bradley Ogilvie, Kyle Aschbrenner, Amelia Dirks and Elliot Lusk as the band of players meeting in the forest to rehearse a show, and Jake Stille, Alexys Ogorek, Becky Taber, Kyleakin Helm, Natalie Lade, Katryce Bridges and Dulcie Church as the fairy royalty in the piece.
Susong is assisted by Haleigh Makemson, the student stage manager, technical director Joe Fehr and set designer Emily Hahn.
Performances are scheduled for:
Wednesday, January 23 at 7 pm at Central Catholic High School
Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm Normal Community West
Friday, January 25 at 7 pm Normal Community
Saturday, January 26 at 2 pm at Bloomington High School
Sunday, January 27th at 2 pm at University High School
Tickets (available at the door) are $3 for students and $5 for adults. All profits go to support the participating high school theater programs.