Coronado drama moves outdoors for spritely version of ‘Dream’

       The Westside is about to get its own version of Shakespeare in the Park.
       Coronado High School drama students, led by instructor Elizabeth Kahn, will present three outdoor performances of William Shakespeare's comedy, “Midsummer Night's Dream” May 6, 7 and 8 in the courtyard at Holmes Middle School.
       The time each night will be 6 p.m. Tickets will be $8 for adults, $6 for students and $16 for those want to buy a ticket that includes a catered box dinner. Admission is free for young children who dress as fairies.
       Although Kahn has directed Shakespeare before, this will be the first time she's directed it outside. It wasn't easy to find the right venue. Bancroft Park was the first choice, but the city wanted more permits and money than Kahn was ready for. Another idea was a portable bandshell, but this also came with a high price, she reported.
       Coronado itself was considered, but then one of her students suggested the Holmes courtyard. “It has these archways and things we can decorate, with a natural stage there and benches,” Kahn said. “We will have fairies everywhere, and the audience will be on two sides, and we're building a platform in the bushes for Puck [the story's mischievious sprite].”
       The production will also incorporate a little ballet with the fairies, using music from 19th century composer Felix Mendelssohn, she said.
       Another issue in producing “Dream” has been the year-long lack of a school auditorium, meaning that the early rehearsals have been in Kahn's classroom. Starting April 22, rehearsals will move to the Holmes courtyard from 4 to 7 p.m. (also April 24 and 29 and May 1 and 5).
       The cast will present the first three acts of the show to Bristol Elementary students Wednesday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m., Kahn said.

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