What do infidelity, identity and love have in common?
All are at the core of Shakespeare's funniest comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, which opens April 29 at Tri-Cities Prep Catholic High School in Pasco.
"Focusing on such issues as love, dreams and reality, A Midsummer Night's Dream is Shakespeare's most magical and delightful comedy," said director Nina Powers. "If perhaps not Shakespeare's most weighty or profound piece, it is undoubtedly a favorite among audiences."
As the shenanigans begin, a marriage is planned between Thesius, the duke of Athens, and Hypolita, the queen of the Amazons, played by Connor Smith and Maura Schmitt.
Then there are the young lovers Hermia and Lysander (played by Adriana Ledesma and Jarrod VerSteeg) and Helena and Demetrius (played by Maddie LeBrun and Peter Rodriguez), who struggle with the constraints of proper society by running away into the woods.
But the woods are filled with fairies who delight in tricking and twisting the minds of unsuspecting humans.
And if that wasn't bad enough for the young lovers, a dispute erupts between the fairy queen Titania, played by Annie Powers, and the fairy king Oberon, played by Jameson Pedersen.
Toss in a mix of other zany amateur actors like Bottom, played by Tevin Stutzman, and Quince, played by Daniel Holzmeier, and you've got a fast-paced and hilarious story.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream is largely a fairy tale about love, dreams and the stuff of both," Powers said. "Indeed the creative imagination itself. It's a fanciful story, which boldly celebrates life and love triumphs in the end."
Showtimes are 7 p.m. April 29-30 and May 6-7 with a 3 p.m. matinee May 8 in the high school, 9612 St. Thomas Drive, Pasco.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at Adventures Underground in Richland, Tri-City Bookworm stores or at the door.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org