Concordia Lutheran College presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday 18 May

When it comes to complex and challenging high school Arts productions, taking on “The Bard”, William Shakespeare, surely ranks highly for young thespians. However, despite the challenges of learning Shakespearean lines, Concordia’s talented students have risen to the task and will be presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Empire Theatre on Thursday 29 April and Friday 30 April.

Concordia’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream features almost 100 students from across Years 7 to 12 as cast and crew.

The magical show, written circa 1595, features woodland creatures, mythical beings and hilarious hijinks and has been reimagined with some modern takes on the classic work to make it feel fresh and energised for a contemporary audience.

Director Jess Merretz said she was thrilled that so many students came forward to audition for the challenging production late last year.

“As the director it has been a truly rewarding experience to see our young performing arts students overcome their initial caution for delivering Shakespearean lines and embrace this chance to learn and develop new skills,” Ms Merretz said.

Concordia’s students have been involved with all aspects of the production including designing sound, making props, choreography, backstage management and more.

So, why did Concordia decide to take on the challenge of Shakespeare in the first place?

“When selecting our 2021 Arts production, we realised that in light of the events of 2020, our production must promote joy, laughter and togetherness,” Ms Merretz said.

“We wanted to present a production that asks us all to dream of what may come in the future,” she said.

“It certainly has been a joy hearing Shakespeare being recited in the corridors and classrooms over the past six months.”

Tickets can be purchased from The Empire Theatre Box Office or online at www.empiretheatre.com.au