Burien Little Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Starts Rockin’ Feb. 12th

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Although the high school setting may be different than what you remember from the William Shakespeare classic, the story remains the same; and once the 1950s music kicks in, Burien Little Theatre’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” really rocks.

“Midsummer” kicks off spring with the right note in Burien Little Theatre’s 2009-2010 “escape” themed season. The classic romantic Shakespeare comedy is retold in a musical adapted by renowned Seattle actor/director Arne Zaslove, and featuring 1950s rock and roll.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens at Burien Little Theatre on Friday, Feb. 12th, and will run through March 21st. Tickets are $7-$20 online and $17-$20 at the box office.

During the month of February all student tickets are available for $10, thanks to a grant from the City of Burien (read our previous coverage here).

In addition, Burien Little Theatre will be hosting free bonus readings of Donald Margulies’ Dinner with Friends, a bittersweet comedy about marriage, during the run.

A performance schedule including dates, times and ticket prices is available at www.burienlittletheatre.com or call the ticket office at 206-242-5180.

The Story and Production
Arne Zaslove opens his 1950s rock and roll adaptation of the Bard’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the gymnasium of Athens High School, on graduation day, 1957. This comedy of magic potions, misled lovers and mistaken identities works well in Zaslove’s high school setting, complete with toe-tapping, finger-snapping numbers from the 1950s that include “Don’t Be Cruel,” “I Will Follow Him,” and Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” among others.

Updated in 2008, Zasloves’ seamless adaptation from Shakespeare’s timeless setting to the more contemporary 1950s allows the audience to experience the characters in familiar roles. In Zaslove’s version, Theseus is the mature high school principal and the lovely Hippolyta is the friendly and well liked drama/gym teacher. Lysander, the hero, is described as “Mister Popularity,” and Hermia is cute, the quintessential homecoming queen. There’s also a knockout, a charmer, a clown: all characters familiar in every high school yearbook. The score, sung by the characters, allows them to tell the story in a contemporary, upbeat way, in a language the audience can relate to – rock ’n’ roll.

Since its premiere in 1968 when Zaslove was teaching theater classes at the University of Washington, this musical version of A Midsummer’s Night Dream has offered audiences a unique, current staging of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. And, as Lysander so aptly states in the play, while “the course of true love never did run smooth,” in this adaptation it never sounded better!

The Cast
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by Maggie Larrick and features the diverse acting talents of:

  • Claire Fernandez (Starveling/Fairy Mustardseed)
  • Toni Guidry (Helena)
  • Kris Hambrick (Puck)
  • Russ Kay (Peter Quince/Egeus)
  • John Mallory (Demetrius)
  • Kate Moyer (Titania)
  • Jennifer Pierce (Snug the Joiner/Fairy Peasblossom)
  • Lynne Randall (Hermia)
  • Kevin Schilling (Francis Flute)
  • Caleb Slavens (Lysander)
  • Sara Sorden (Snout/Fairy Cobweb)
  • Don Speirs (Nick Bottom)
  • James “Tuq” Tucker (Theseus)
  • Brad Walker (Oberon)
  • Laura York (Hippolyta)

Free readings of Dinner with Friends
During the run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Burien Little Theater will also host free Saturday afternoon readings of Dinner with Friends, a bittersweet comedy about marriage, fidelity, infidelity and friendship written by Donald Margulies. Please join Burien Little Theatre at 2 pm on the following Saturdays to enjoy this unique opportunity:

  • Feb. 20
  • March 6
  • March 20

About Burien Little Theatre
Exciting live theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, Burien Little Theatre (BLT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas.

Burien Little Theatre is committed to being an entertainment leader by producing intriguing professional shows. The company’s mission is to treat audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage and involve both the local and expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region.

BLT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, sponsorships and volunteers.

Schedule for A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

  • February 12 at 8:00 p.m. Friday – Opening Night – Let’s HOP!
  • February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • February 14 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee - $7 Dollar Sunday
  • February 19 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
  • February 20 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • February 21 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
  • February 26 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
  • February 27 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • February 28 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
  • March 5 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
  • March 6 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • March 7 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
  • March 12 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
  • March 13 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • March 14 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
  • March 19 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
  • March 20 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • March 21 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee – It’s dawn and the dream is over – although you are still humming the tunes!

Theater Location:

The Theater at the Burien Community Center Building
425 SW 144th Street
Burien, WA 98166-1545
(206) 242-5180

The Community Center is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 4th Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street in Burien.
Directions available at www.burienlittletheatre.com.

Ticket Prices & Packages:

Purchase online and save!

  • General Senior/Student
First Weekend:        $16.00        $13.00
Middle Weekends:        $18.00        $15.00
Last Weekend:        $20.00        $17.00

                General        Senior/Student 
All Shows:            $20.00        $17.00
  • Special Discount: During the month of February, Student Tickets are just $10 (City of Burien Grant)
The first Sunday Matinee of every run is just $7.00!
  • PLAY with YOUR FOOD DINNER PACKAGE: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person.

To Purchase Tickets:

  • Show tickets may be purchased online at www.burienlittletheatre.com or call 206-242-5180.
  • Fabulous Four-Packs are available for the 2009-2010 Season!

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