Holy Redeemer High School‘s Royal Players will present ”The Seussification of a Midsummer’s Night Dream” Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10 in the school’s McCarthy Auditorium at 7 p. m.
William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy gets the full Seuss treatment in this playful adaptation by Peter Bloedel. Two madcap narrators (Isabella Romani and Emily Viterriti) chronicle the tale of mixed-up lovers played by Thomas Caffrey, Maria Khoudary, Michael Berbano, and Liz Masi as they wander through a forest full of “whoosh bush tush” beasts and fairies.
Theseus is marrying an Amazon queen while mediating a family squabble. Meanwhile, a group of mechanicals rehearses in the woods in hopes of being chosen to perform for the wedding, while Oberon, the King of the Fairies, fights with Titania, his queen, and causes a spell to be cast upon her so that she falls in love with the first mortal she sees. Puck interferes with all mortals, and confusion ensues in this madcap comedy.
The plays of Shakespeare have been subject to all manners of rewrites and adaptations over the past 400 years. This adaptation combines Shakespeare with Dr. Seuss to produce an unusual style in the rhyming language of Seuss that is also set in the “Roaring 20’s.”
Michael Stofko, a member of Holy Redeemer’s English faculty and sponsor of International Thespian Troupe #6322, directs the play, assisted by faculty members Ashley Shaffern and Marianna Oplinger. Set design is under the auspices of faculty members Bev Glennon and Mary Finkernagel, and faculty members Steve Wise and Thomas Hanlon head up the technical crews.
Tickets for the play are available at the door and are $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students. Holy Redeemer is located on S. Pennsylvania Blvd. in Wilkes-Barre. Parking is available at the school.