For the first time since the 2018-2019 school year, Stillwater High School Theatre Department is on track to produce two shows for live audiences! After cancellations in 2019-2020 and a virtual/in person season last year, second year director Elizabeth Ziegler is thrilled to be able to bring two live performances to the SHS Performing Arts Center. First up is Ken Ludwig’s Midsummer/JERSEY, which is a modernization of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set on the Jersey Shore and all that implies. Keeping the original five act format and storyline, the show features modern language suitable for a twenty-first century audience, Shakespeare’s iconic characters, and a setting made famous for its subculture. With Town & Gown Theatre offering the full-fledged Shakespearean version this spring, this is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your Shakespeare before digesting the whole show in April.
Auditions for this show were held at the beginning of September and the cast of 32 have been rehearsing four days a week since then to bring the Jersey shore to Oklahoma. Led by nine seniors, including familiar faces Delaynne France as Nikki Bottom and Kelly Daugherty and Caden Miller as the ever argumentative fairy royalty Titania and Oberon, the cast also features fifteen juniors and eight sophomores new to the SHS stage.
Tickets are $8 and go on sale November 3, 2021 through the website https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/58500 or the QR code on posters around town. Performances are Thursday November 11 and Saturday November 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday November 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Stillwater High School Performing Arts Center. Masks will be encouraged for theatre patrons.