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JIS students set to stage popular Shakespeare play

A CAST of over 30 Jerudong International School (JIS) students will be performing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ over two days on November 10 and 11.

Those keen to purchase tickets can drop by the stationary shop at JIS or contact the school directly.

The show will be staged on November 10 at 7.45pm and November 11 at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced at $10, $15 and $25.

Aside from the cast, a large behind-the-scenes team will assist in operating mechanical props, ambient lightings and sound settings to transition between the different scenes during the performance.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons.

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.

Cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. – AZIZ IDRIS

Cast members of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. – AZIZ IDRIS

The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular stage works and is widely performed across the world.

The performance will represent a change in direction from the school’s usual choice of musicals, but as drama teacher and the play’s director Sarah Grimshaw explains, the decision was very much an educational one.

“Many of our students want to go on to study drama after they leave JIS,” she says.

“Doing something like A Midsummer Night’s Dream gives them an opportunity to add more skills to their repertoire and increases their chances of not only getting a place at drama school or university, but also to succeed when they get there.”

Borneo Bulletin | Aziz Idris | November 7, 2017