Mischievous Merriment

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By Kimberly O’Brien Young

Titania’s fairies.
Titania’s fairies.

This past weekend, Laguna Beach High School’s production of Shakespeare’s timeless tale “Midsummer Night’s Dream” opened at the Artists’ Theatre. It is a visually stunning, wondrous production to lose yourself in.

Shelby Clark as the spurned Hermia.
Shelby Clark as the spurned Hermia.

The Rustics led by Wyatt Shipp, who plays the character Bottom, provide comic relief. He reminds me of what I would imagine Will Ferrell might have been like in high school. Audiences will be awed by the stage presence of Zane Fair, in the character Oberon, who commands the space. Anya Gourley, in the role of Titania, speaks the Shakespearean dialogue with fluidity.

With dazzling talent from the high school’s dance department, the cast’s fairy troup flits off and on the stage with grace.

Director Mark Dressler calls the show, “Simply one of the greatest openings in Park Avenue Players history.” Co-director Chris Marshall says of the show, “One of the best ‘Midsummer Night’s Dreams’ I’ve ever seen or been in!”

The assessment of photographer Roark Gourley: “Stunning to shoot. Can’t wait to watch again tonight!”

The show continues Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at 7:30 pm, with Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 p.m. You don’t want to miss it and make sure to bring the kids. They will love it!

Marlena Becker with Cale Airey and Bayley Thomas, two sparring lovers.
Marlena Becker with Cale Airey and Bayley Thomas, two sparring lovers.

Mother Kimberly O’Brien Young’s two sons are in the cast.

Zane Fair’s Oberon bewitches the Fairy Queen, Anya Gourley.
Zane Fair’s Oberon bewitches the Fairy Queen, Anya Gourley.
Anya Gourley, the Fairy Queen.
Anya Gourley, the Fairy Queen.

Photos by Roark Gourley.

Zane Fair as Oberon, the Fairy King.
Zane Fair as Oberon, the Fairy King.
The Rustics aim to win the Duke’s play competition.
The Rustics aim to win the Duke’s play competition.
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