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The Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company (SRSC) will present two of Shakespeare’s classics: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale in a series of performances from March 7-10 in the Richard North Auditorium at Hommocks Middle School.
SRSC, the oldest continuous high school Shakespeare troupe in the United States, is under the direction of Dee O’Brien, who has led the company since its inception 39 years ago. O’Brien was an English teacher at Hommocks Middle School for 36 years. She has received the Sunny Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Westchester Arts Council Award for her contribution to theater arts.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, one of Shakespeare’s more popular plays, is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. The play, categorized as a comedy, is widely performed across the world. It explores the universal themes of love through dreams, magic and romantic entanglements.
The importance of forgiveness and reconciliation is the major theme of The Winter’s Tale. The first three acts of the play are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two acts are comedic and provide a happy ending. There is something for everyone in this masterpiece.
“The Company has been hard at work since the fall rehearsing after school and on Saturdays,” said Producer Beth Samach, whose older child, a graduate of Mamaroneck High School, participated for several years in the program and whose younger child will be performing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
SRSC is comprised this year of nearly 100 students, mostly from MHS, but also including some from Hommocks. Seniors in the production this year are: Daniel Baigel, Teddy Bellis, Jospehina Brauning, Peter Callahan, Olivia Cipriano, Nick Gallagher, Michael Genecin, Emily Horing, Mojdeh Kamaly, Ben Kaplan, Kate Leddy, Sonya Levine, Simon Levinson, Lindsey Manetta, Bob Phillips, Maya Samach, Sam Segan, Ryan Solomon, Ben Stolman, Matt Stolman, Lily Turovsky and Josh Wrobel.
There will be three public performances of each play, with two different casts for each. All performances will be at the Hommocks Richard North Auditorium.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thurs March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Sat March 9 @ 8:00 pm
Sun March 10 @ 1:00 pm
The Winter’s Tale
Fri March 8 @ 8:00 pm
Sat March 9 @ 2:00 pm
Sun March 10 @ 7:00 pm
Tickets: $8.00 (students) $12.00 (adults)
Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.SemiRoyalShakespeareCo.com