Portsmouth Little Theatre takes on Shakespeare


A Midsummer Night’s Dream debuts March 3

By Ciara Conley - cconley@civitasmedia.com



Tech week is coming to a close at the Portsmouth Little Theatre. Performers and directors have been hard at work putting the final touches in place this week for their performance of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream, which debuts Friday, March 3.

A Midsummer’s Night Dream, written by William Shakespeare and adapted by Everett Quinton, is a dramatic comedy featuring fairies, star-crossed lovers and other clownish characters.

The story portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.

Directed by Kasie Leightenheimer and Leigh Anne Smith, this production sports a cast of 22.

“So far everything is going great I don’t want to brag too much because the only aspect of my life in which I’m superstitious is when it comes to the theatre,” explained Leightenheimer. “But things seem to be running smoothly. It wouldn’t be a true production without a few snags and difficulties, so we are used to jumping a some hurdles.”

According to Leightenheimer, both the cast and the crew are anxious for opening night, and can’t wait to show the community their work.

“We’ve got a great cast and crew. When Shakespeare comes to Portsmouth, it’s usually from a traveling company. I’m especially excited for our patrons to see Portsmouth’s own take on The Bard,” she said.

Tickets are available at the Portsmouth Little Theatre website, www.pltlive.com, or at box office one hour prior to showtime. Performances are March 3-4, 10-11 all beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The theatre will also be hosting auditions for ‘Sordid Lives,’ written by Del Shores, at the theatre on March 7-8 at 7 p.m. ‘Sordid Lives,’ calls for an all adult cast due to mature themes. Sordid Lives performances will be held May 19-20, and May 26-27.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream debuts March 3

By Ciara Conley

cconley@civitasmedia.com

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.