Rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream stars an array of local talent ranging in age from seven on up. Standing is Cameron Peale who plays Oberon and laying down is Janine Hamming who plays fairy queen Titania. On stage will be more than 50 actors

Midsummer Night’s Dream stars northwestern B.C. young people

Family musical comedy sees more than 50 actors, singers, chorus and musicians take the stage.

Following up on the successful performances of the opera Carmen and featuring local talent, comes a Midsummer’s Night Dream Nov. 17-19 at the Terrace Alliance Church.

Once again, local actors take on starring roles, many of whom are children and teens.

The youngest orchestra member is 12 and the youngest child is seven and plays Puck’s shadow.

Like Carmen, it’s a family musical presentation for all ages and director Christina Rogers says it’s a comedy, which the original play is but doesn’t seem to come across that way sometimes.

Cameron Peale, originally from the Nass Valley, plays Oberon. He wants to study acting and pursue it as a career, says Rogers.

Janine Hamming is fairy queen Titania and Melayna Ross is the lovesick Helena.

From this summer’s performances of Carmen, Nathan Hoffart (Carmen’s troubadour) plays the hilarious character Bottom, and Magda Vandenberg is Puck, who was the gypsy who spoke in Carmen and won the top scholarship at this spring’s music festival. Amy Spencer, who played Carmen, is assistant director. Once again, the actors are joined by local musicians.

The 50-plus actors, singers, chorus and musicians who will be on stage also include the Suwilaawks Choir of students in Grades 1-6 and girls ages 13-18 as the Greek chorus of 15 fairies.

Bring the whole family for a night of enchantment. Tickets are on sale at Misty River Books, Sight and Sound, and Sidewalkers.

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