Tue., April 19, 6:30 p.m., Saturdays, 2 & 4 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Sat., May 7, 11 a.m. Continues through May 15 2011
It seems somehow appropriate that Shakespeare’s most popular and magically charming play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, should have at one point met up with the adaptation skills of the late teacher/author Aurand Harris (1916–1996), a rather legendary figure in American children’s theater. Harris’ reworking for the younger set focuses on the battle of wits between King Oberon and Queen Titania, while this play’s eponymous sprite — we know him best otherwise as Puck — assists Oberon in a grand scheme against the queen, while also playing pranks on a troupe of actors. Director Scot Copeland’s cast comprises familiar and likable locals such as Peter Vann, Rona Carter, Jamie Farmer, Henry Haggard and Patrick Waller, plus David Compton as King Oberon (in fact reprising a role he first played at NCT during its 1986-87 season). NCT’s usual sharp design and technical team is on board as well. Following tonight’s performance, the audience is encouraged to remain at the theater for an informative discussion with the cast involving the show’s production secrets. Recommended for children ages 6 and up.