A whopping cast of sixty-four West Manor Elementary School students are rapidly rehearsing and putting the final touches on their first Shakespearean play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The holiday performance/Dress Rehearsal for the school family will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. at West Manor School located at 570 Lynhurst Dr. SW; Atlanta, GA.
On Friday, November 30, the production will move to Benjamin E. Mays High School Auditorium, 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Drive, at 7:30 p.m., giving the Atlanta community a chance to see the students perform.
The one-act production will be the traditional Elizabethan script interspersed with modern-day dialog and commentary, set in Athens, Greece.
The Shakespearean Residency, which includes this performance, is being funded by the PTA. Funds raised from the ticket sales and other concessions, will be used to pay the $2,000 plus cost for the production.
“The purpose of the Shakespeare residence at West Manor is to build appreciation and awareness of the arts and introduce our students to the works of one of most renowned poets and playwrights of all times,” said Pamela Williams-Phelps, president of the PTA.
“We hope to attract as many people as possible from the surrounding neighborhoods to come and see the play and to learn more about what’s going on at West Manor; and we want to encourage other schools to bring their students in order to expose more young people to Shakespeare,” Williams-Phelps added.
Tickets for Friday evening are $5.00 for students and adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Capitol City Bank & Trust Company (Cascade Branch), at the West Manor School office, and at the door. Call 404-668-9524 for more information.