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April 28, 2014

Panther Tales Players take the stage for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Teen’

CROSSVILLE — As part of Stone Memorial High School’s Festival of the Arts, the Panther Tales Players take the stage on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium with their performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Teen.” Your $5 ticket at the door will get you in to all the festivities, as well as help support the arts at SMHS.

Festival of the Arts showcases a student visual art exhibit, food and drink (compliments of the Culinary Arts class), music by the student jazz band, favorite musical melodies by the advanced choir, and, of course, the Panther Tales Players.

“A Midsummer Night’s Teen” follows the basic plot of the more formidable “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare. However, it’s based in the '50s with updated language and contemporary settings, attending the high school prom being the motivation behind all the antics.

This hilarious rendition stars seniors Alex Norris (Justin Bottom), Samantha Ellis (Helen aka Helena), Garion Bogard (Dean Metrius aka Demetrius), and Ty W. Smith as (Obi Wan aka Oberon), who join forces with more recent additions to the players.

The show opens with Mia’s father refusing to allow her to attend the prom with that greaser Lyle Sanders aka Lysander (Josh Spencer), so they make plans to meet in Teen Dream Park, where the King and Queen of the Teens, who are having their own lover’s quarrel, and where the theatre troupe also agree to meet. Needless to say, chaos begins to ensue. 

Obi Wan discovers the plight of other star-crossed teens, Helen, who’s in love with Dean, but scorned, and sends Robert Goodguy aka Puck, played by Ryan Crider, to anoint Dean’s eyes with a love potion. However, he goofs it up and Lyle Sanders falls in love with Helen. Soon we have all the lovers in love with the wrong loves, including Mia (Hermia) and Tammy (Titania), played by veteran actors Rebecca Turner and Renee Pluff.

During all of this, the mechanicals, a high school theatre troupe from Athens High, starring Katie Cross, Alex Norris, Yanni Flake, Kennedy Van Patten, Shelby Cook and Tori Harris, attempt to rehearse their play for part of the prom’s entertainment, that is until Justin Bottom gets turned into a donkey and becomes the love of Tammy’s eyes.

Throughout the madcap adventures, Stone’s advanced choir sings melodies from favorite past musicals between scene changes until the final act where all is put right.

Join us for a Festival of the Arts and “A Midsummer Night’s Teen” on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. or Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. for an evening or afternoon of outstanding entertainment and laughs, courtesy of SMHS’s talented leaders of tomorrow.

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