Patterson Repertory Theatre involves local youth in Shakespearean comedy
by Nathan Duckworth
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<b>Grand finale:</b> A good chunk of the cast gathers for the final scene, in which the mechanicals stage their play during the Thesues and Hippolyta’s wedding. Seated from left to right: Adryan Jimenez as Lysander, Julia Hoxie as Hermia, Austin Montiel as Demetrius, Kendra Payne (obscured in the picture above) as Helena, LeeAngely Scoles as Hippolyta and Miguel Jimenez as Theseus. Acting out the climax of the play-within-a-play are Andrew Jimenez, who plays the character Flute donning a blonde wig and playing the Juliet-like heroine Thisbe, and Christopher Apostol as Bottom playing the comically-tragic hero Pyramus.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
Grand finale: A good chunk of the cast gathers for the final scene, in which the mechanicals stage their play during the Thesues and Hippolyta’s wedding. Seated from left to right: Adryan Jimenez as Lysander, Julia Hoxie as Hermia, Austin Montiel as Demetrius, Kendra Payne (obscured in the picture above) as Helena, LeeAngely Scoles as Hippolyta and Miguel Jimenez as Theseus. Acting out the climax of the play-within-a-play are Andrew Jimenez, who plays the character Flute donning a blonde wig and playing the Juliet-like heroine Thisbe, and Christopher Apostol as Bottom playing the comically-tragic hero Pyramus.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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<b>All a dream?:</b> The two pairs of lovers wake up after the spells have been lifted from Lysander (center, Adryan Jimenez ) and Demtrius (right, Austin Montiel). Hermia, in red, is played by Julia Hoxie and Helena by Kendra Payne.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
All a dream?: The two pairs of lovers wake up after the spells have been lifted from Lysander (center, Adryan Jimenez ) and Demtrius (right, Austin Montiel). Hermia, in red, is played by Julia Hoxie and Helena by Kendra Payne.—Photo by Nathan Duckworth/Patterson Irrigator
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Patterson Repertory Theatre (PRT) staged four performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from July 17 through the 20 at the Clara Johnson Memorial Auditorium. Between the fairy inhabitants of the fantastical woods outside of Athens and the general mischief permeating the plot, audience members unfamiliar with the Shakespearean comedy soon learned that the play is ripe for children’s theatre.

“I think the play went well,” said director Tori Lee Scoles. “As always, I wish we had a bigger turnout. These kids work really hard and deserve a big crowd to applaud all the work they do.”

Cadence Kraft and Christopher Apostol especially had fun in their respective roles of Puck and Bottom, the play’s more impish and bombastic characters. Bottom’s screwball nature shined throughout Apostol’s performance, whether he was letting out donkey-squeals or being courted by Titania (Charlize Price).

Each actor played the role that most suited them, regardless of age or gender. Kraft portrayed Puck—the traditionally-male cast hobgoblin—more fairylike, tying the character in with the other woodland fairies (played by LeeAngely Scoles, Suzie Ruiz, Kaylee Scoles), whose energy and playfulness brought out big laughs from the audience.

“[The casting is dependent on] who we see has the most potential and can grow in their part,” said director Scoles. “Sometimes this means we do some gender-blind casting or age-blind casting to showcase the children’s talent above everything else.”

Scoles recently moved to Modesto and is working to make sure PRT continues.

“I am a firm believer in the arts,” said Scoles. “I grew up in Patterson and was ‘different.’ We didn’t have theatre when I was growing up. … I wanted a place for children like myself that was affordable … and accessible.”

“The community must get involved more if this program is to continue,” added Scoles. “It is for our community!”

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892 6187 ext. 24 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com
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