Students at Catharine Blaine K-8 School rehearse for their upcoming performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Clemans
Students at Catharine Blaine K-8 School rehearse for their upcoming performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Clemans
Catharine Blaine K-8 School will present a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” set in 1961, with Duke Theseus as John F. Kennedy, Queen Hippolyta as Jackie Kennedy and beatniks and leprechaun fairies “making the scene” at Nick Bottom’s coffeehouse, Bottom’s Up.

The show will run in the school’s Cafetorium (2550 34th Ave. W.) on April 24 and 25; both performances will begin at 7 p.m.

Blaine’s School of Rock band, under the direction of Mike Anderson, will perform live ‘50s and ‘60s rock-‘n’-roll. Glee Club, under the direction of Andrea Giles, will provide whimsical choral accompaniment.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a Blaine MultiArts initiative, with all grades dipping their fingers into the creative process, led by Laurel White’s creative vision.

While middle-schoolers constructed set scenery, younger students participated in dramatic storytelling by lighting magical lanterns and flying into Shakespeare’s world of mystical creatures, dreamy forests and comic blunders.

An all-school promotional poster contest ensued with students learning about the basic points of print advertising, the art of layout and font to make head-turning advertisements.

Tickets for the shows are available at the door for $5 per person, $20 per family and $4 per senior; all proceeds benefit the school’s MultiArts fund.