Student fairies cheer for Portland Actor Ensemble’s Shakespeare!

All photos this post by Krista Harmon.

Hello everyone–hope you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday, and are enjoying all the great sunny weather!


We’re into our final rehearsals for Portland Actors Ensemble’s free Summer 2014 touring show production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which previews on July 11th and opens to the public on July 12th at Concordia University, the lawn area behind the library, at 7pm.  The mechanicals, royals, young lovers and the fairies are all working hard to bring you a hilarious and delightful evening of entertainment!


Last Thursday, our student fairies came to watch the full show with the adult actors and run their blocking and lines, and they were fantastic!  Kudos to them for a job very well done.



We like to start our rehearsals with a cheer:  Go Shakespeare!


Portland Actors Ensemble:  Student Fairies Hard At Work On A Midsummer Night's Dream




Waiting for their cue to enter, Wren Harmon and William Balmer pore over their scripts and carefully watch a scene in progress:



Portland Actors Ensemble:  Student Fairies Hard At Work On A Midsummer Night's Dream



The Queen of the Fairies holds sway from her bower:  Titania, played by Jen Elkington, and her student fairies, including William and Luke Balmer, Wren Harmon, and another student fairy.




Portland Actors Ensemble:  Student Fairies Hard At Work On Summer 2014 A Midsummer Night's Dream



You won’t want to miss a single minute of all the fun, so make plans now to bring your friends and family to see Portland Actors Ensemble’s free Summer 2014 touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, coming to a park near you in Portland!


You can read more about the show and cast list, check out our fab study guide created by our director, Douglas Lay, and find the Midsummer Night’s Dream show schedule, which includes ASL interpreted and audio-described performances for select shows, and make your plans now–we perform for you every weekend from July 12 through Labor Day!


Have any questions about A Midsummer Night’s Dream?  We’d love to hear about it down in the comments, so feel free to stop by and say hi!


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Till next time,

Take pains; be perfect; adieu!

DCFC0486.JPGAthena McElrath is an actor and singer who is also an Administrative Board member with Portland Actor’s Ensemble.  She helps PAE with social media and educational outreach.  She often works onstage with her husband, K.J. McElrath, in their cabaret act, called McElrath Cabaret, which features songs from classic Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley.  For more: