Press Release - ​​​​​​​A Midsummer Night's Dream

South Coast Repertory's Teen Players Present A Midsummer Night's Dream

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​​​April 6, 2016) - South Coast Repertory’s Teen Players ensemble will present William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Hisa Takakuwa, in the Nicholas Studio May 14-15 and 20-22.

This is the first time that Takakuwa—SCR’s Theatre Conservatory director— has chosen a Shakespearian comedy for her student actors.  “I felt this group was up to the challenge.  Most of them have been in numerous Players shows, as well as A Christmas Carol, and they’re all able to draw on years of classroom training.  I believe they’re ready for Shakespeare and will bring a vibrant young feeling to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The Teen Players (grades 9-12) are chosen through audition after at least two years in the Theatre Conservatory.  To better prepare them for performing Shakespeare, Takakuwa began rehearsals with three weeks of table readings (working through the script to become familiar with  the play’s poetry and its themes).

 “When the young lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream flee into the woods and encounter Puck, the fairies and all Shakespeare’s fantastical characters, their world gets upended, and they’re changed in many ways,” Takakuwa said.  “Our Teen Players can identify with this transformation because they’re growing up, moving from childhood to adulthood and preparing to get on with their lives.  In a way, they’re ready to go into their own forests.”

Takakuwa is well prepared, through her own classical training and her years as a member of the classical theatre company A Noise Within, to guide her 14-member cast through their first Shakespearian production.  In addition to her acting and directing skills, Takakuwa has widened her artistic team to include an assistant director, Shane Iverson, and a dramaturge, Sanaz Toossi, both graduates of the Theatre Conservatory’s Kids and Teen Acting Program, where they were members of the Players ensembles. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Hisa Takakuwa
Scenic Design  Angela Calin
Costume Design  Kaitlyn Kaufman
Lighting Design  Kristen Neu
Sound Design  Benjamin Scheff
Stage Manager  Emma Avish

Flee with four young lovers into The Woods—for a fantastical evening that will transform their lives in wonderful ways.

Saturday May 14 at 4 and 7:30pm
Sunday May 15 at 1:30 and 5pm
Friday May 20 at 7:30pm
Saturday May 21 at 7:30pm
Sunday May 22 at 1:30 and 5pm

Tickets: $10 through the SCR Box Office at 714-708-5555 or online at (Recommended for 10 years of age and above.)

Cast List:

Grace Tomblin Marca - Quince/Fairy

Kat Lewis - Egeus/Fairy

Rachel Charny - Hippolyta/Titania
Amanda Fassett - Starveling/Peaseblossom
Henry Ficcadenti - Demetrius
Alex Theologides Rodriguez - Bottom

Katherine Parrish - Helena

Jamie Ostmann - Robin Goodfellow (“Puck”)

Christopher Huntley - Theseus/Oberon

Saul Richardson - Snug/Cobweb

Liam McHugh - Lysander       

Kelsey Bray - Hermia
Joshua Myran - Flute/Mote

Mikey Costa- Snout/Mustardseed