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Upcoming Inner City Shakespeare - June 9 and June 10 2012

24 May 2012
The climactic performance of Romeo & JulietBAFTA Los Angeles/Bryony Foster

BAFTA Los Angeles is once again bringing the Bard to Ladera Heights through the Inner City Shakespeare project, reteaming with Washington Preparatory High School for a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 9 and June 10.

Last year BAFTA Los Angeles partnered with Washington Preparatory High School to stage Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet (pictured)

The performance will be staged June 9th and June 10th at 3:30pm.

Ladera Park
6027 Ladera Park Avenue
Los Angeles

During the rehearsal period, BAFTA members mentor the student players to help their performance as well as give them a better understanding of the context of the play. This year’s mentors include Sherrill Turner and Noam Friedlander, returning for a second year, and Phillip Rhys and Neil Dickson, among others.

Washington Preparatory drama teacher Dr. Melanie Andrews directs this version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will take advantage of the natural setting among the trees in the park to recreate the forest setting of the play. It will be performed in the original text.

“Our members have embraced the program, sharing their passion for Shakespeare as well as their dramatic skills with these young actors,” said Neil Stiles, Chairman BAFTA LA. “We are pleased that the program is as rewarding for the mentors, many of whom have returned for another year, as well as for the students we aim to inspire.”

Discussions area already underway with the LAUSD for ways to implement the program in other school district venues, and also with the Sundance Institute, who wants to find ways to create similar programs for inner city youth. The Los Angeles County Parks Department, under the leadership of Joe Mendoza, has also been instrumental in making the site for the performance successful.

We would like to appeal for volunteers from our Membership to assist in the final two weeks of rehearsals. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.