Sum­mer theatre

A Shake­speare clas­sic is com­ing to Wen­der­holm Re­gional Park.

Rodney Times - - CONVERSATIONS -

It might not feel like mid-sum­mer, but Orewa Col­lege is dream­ing of Shake­speare.

This week, the school will host its first ever out­door Shake­speare pro­duc­tion - A Midsummer Night’s Dream - on the grounds of the his­toric Coul­drey House in Wen­der­holm.

With a good weather record when it comes to sum­mer Shake­speare, di­rec­tor An­nie Mil­lard is con­fi­dent her luck will keep the rain away - but it doesn’t stop her from check­ing the fore­cast ‘‘five times a day’’, she laughed.

‘‘If we get rained out, peo­ple will be no­ti­fied, and the shows will be moved to other days,’’ she said.

The pro­duc­tion, which fea­tures a cast of 21 stu­dents from year 10 to 13, will move through dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in the park - with the au­di­ence fol­low­ing the ac­tion.

‘‘The au­di­ence can sit and have a pic­nic, dur­ing or prior, and they can have a glass of wine - it’s quite a fes­tive at­mos­phere,’’ she said.

A Mid­night Sum­mer’s Dream runs at Coul­drey House, Wen­der­holm, from Fe­bru­ary 20-24.

Phone ac­counts on 09 427 3833 ext 220 for tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion.

MATTHEW CATTIN/STUFF

The cast of Orewa Col­lege’s sum­mer pro­duc­tion of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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