Midsummer Night’s Dream opens July 21 in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Midsummer Night’s Dream opens July 21 in Grass Valley

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A new musical version of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" opens at 7 p.m. tonight at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

The show, which is suitable for all ages, is produced by The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild and continues through July 31.

In "Midsummer Night's Dream," three plots are woven together, masterfully bringing mortals into the path of fairies.

This is a musical version with all the original language — but it is cut shorter to make it more accessible for young people and family audiences.

It is an original score by John Christian and Mila Johansen.

There is something for everyone in this unique musical version, according to a press release: a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare, singing and magical dancing by the fairies and hilarious comedy with intricate plots with many twists and turns.

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As the Duke of Athens prepares for his wedding we have the comical menial laborers of Athens, preparing to present a play at the duke's wedding. This hilarious play is well-known in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as the famous "play within a play" with its outrageous humor — sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Mischief and misunderstandings ensue as Oberon, the King of the Fairies, who has become angry with his queen, Titania, decides to play a trick on her. He sends Puck to apply the juice of a purple flower to her eyes while she sleeps, which will make her fall in love with the first beast she sees. The plot thickens as the romantic characters of Helena, Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius become hopelessly mixed-up and confused.

This unique introduction to Shakespeare will keep the full attention of even the youngest audience member, while delighting all ages with the original Shakespearean language.

When PAG performed "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1995, the show swept the Elly Awards from SARTA (The Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance) for "Best Overall Production," "Best Actress (Joanna Newsome)" and "Best Director (Mila Johansen)."

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What: A Midsummer Night’s Dream ~ A Musical Fairy Fantasy

Who: The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild (PAG) (530) 277-7100

When: Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m. (Special preview performance – all tickets $5)

Friday, July 22, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 2 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m.

Friday, July 29, 7 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2 p.m., Sunday, July 31, 2 p.m.

Where: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

Admission: Adults: $10/Advance, $12/Door – Children: 12 & under: $4/Advance and $6/Door.

Advance tickets are on sale at The Book Seller, The Briarpatch Market & The Center for the Arts Box Office in Grass Valley. 530-274-8384. Also the PAG website http://www.ncpag.com

Information: Contact Paulette Rudolph at (530) 277-7100; email ptrudolph@sbcglobal.net

Directed by: Paulette Rudolph

Artistic Direction & Choreography by: Mila Johansen

Script Adapted by Mila Johansen

Musical Score by: John Christian & Mila Johansen

Costumes by: Jeannine Watson