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SRA Shakespeare Review & Other Offerings!

Friday night one of my small assistants and I checked out SRA’s free performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream! The hour-long adaptation was beautifully crafted and cast by director, Thomas Emerson. Twenty-one characters were portrayed by a delicious ensemble of ten middle and high school students.  Minimal costumes were used and no set pieces were required for this talented group to transport the audience to Athens!  Jenny Wei brought life to the often forgettable Theseus and played a masterful Oberon – effortlessly managing the verse and the gender-bending!  Emily Harkness handled both pentameter and sword nicely as Demetrius.  Maya Kapur’s appreciation for Lysander’s silly side was infectious.  Sabirina Caputo made a perfect Hermia – type A, petite, and fierce!  Sophie Everbach’s Helena was lyric and lovely – a professional quality performance.  Emma Burke made an earnest and helpful Puck.  Amy Crouch brought an exquisite geeky quality to Bottom that made him both lovable and familiar, I’ve seen lots of Midsummer productions but this interpretation was new and Crouch made it  her own.  Newton’s Wall was funny and well-paced.  Will McCullough’s Quince made a nice foil for the other mechancials and held their scenes together. The highlight of the evening was Maryrose Zuppo’s totally uninhibited character role performances.  Her Hippolyta was nostril-flaringly indignant, her Titania was steamily hilarious, her Flute was appropriately rough, and her Thisby’s high-pitched death scene brought the house down!  In all it was a magical evening, and my five-year old companion was as wholly entertained as I was – I am very very glad I brought him, it was a perfect introduction to the Bard!

Swarthmore Recreation Association offers a generous variety of sports, arts, and other camps in the summer and throughout the year!  Check out their website at: http://www.swarthmorerecreation.org/!


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Activities in Wallingford, Swarthmore & Media this weekend – July 13-15th, 2012!

Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by...

Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Noel Paton: fairies in Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight (Friday, July 13th) only – Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by middle and high school students at Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary School on College Avenue in Swarthmore!  This event is FREE!  7pm.

As usual, the Farmers Market will be held at the Swarthmore Borough parking lot Saturday (July 14th) from 9:30am-1:30pm.

Two offerings of children’s theatre are available Saturday:

– Media Theatre presents Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” at 11am Saturday.  Call 610.891.0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org for more information. (My family will be attending this week’s performance – please join us!  We can even talk real estate during intermission!)

– Hedgerow Theatre presents “Snow White and the Little People” at 11am Saturday.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more information!

On Sunday the Blackbird Society Orchestra will perform as part of the Rose Tree Park Summer Festival.  Check out www.co.delaware.pa.us/summer for more info on these outdoor summer performances!

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