York County students prepare for fall plays
Dallastown Performing Arts Club students are tackling a Shakespeare play for the first time — and they're going all in, presenting the unabridged work in its entirety.
They will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Oct. 25-28 in the auditorium of the Dallastown Area High School, at 700 New School Lane in York Township.
The show has a lot of physicality, and the cast is doing well with the language, said director Bethany Yuninger.
"These students have attacked it with gusto," she said.
All of the district's high school students study William Shakespeare's plays "Romeo and Juliet" as freshmen and "The Merchant of Venice" as sophomores, so upperclassmen are familiar with the style and most younger students are learning it now, said Yuninger, who is an English teacher at the school and the club's adviser.
They've gone out of their way to make sure they understand the meaning behind the words, she said.
"I think people coming to the show should not expect to be lost in the Shakespearean language but instead to be transported by the students' performances," she said.
The club is largely run by students, who are in charge of elements including crew, set design, lighting design, costumes, makeup design and choreography.
"The students have an incredible amount of input," Yuninger said, and that provides a unique perspective compared to other shows.
"What you see on stage is quite different," she added.
The club began in the 2007-08 school year as one student's graduation project and has grown to about 80 students in the cast and crew this year.
With one of the largest stage crews to date, this year's show also has one of the most complicated sets the drama club has constructed — representing two distinct worlds, the human world and the fairy world.
Yuninger said students are excited to present a work of Shakespeare — and be fairies —and she's looking forward to the community experiencing the classic work.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-27, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28. To reserve tickets, call 717-244-4021 ext. 3120 or go online at dahsdpac.booktix.com. Tickets are $10 for premium seats, $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students with an ID.
Dallastown is one of 13 York County school districts with high school theater productions this fall. The others are:
York Suburban High School: "Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27; 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27; 717-885-1270; yssd.org/hs/
West York Area High School: "Cases of Mistaken Identity," 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 3; 717-845-6634; wyasd.k12.pa.us/west-york-area-high-school
York Country Day School: “Alice in Wonderland,” 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3; 717-815-6700; ycds.org.
Central York High School: "Little Shop of Horrors," 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10; 717-846-6789; hs.cysd.k12.pa.us/
William Penn Senior High School: "Middletown," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10; 717-849-1218; ycs.k12.pa.us/william-penn/
South Western High School: "A Lighter Shade of Noir," 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17; 717-633-4807; swsd.k12.pa.us/high-school/
Dover Area High School: "Searching for David's Heart," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17; 717-292-8066; doversd.org/schools/high-school/
Northeastern High School: "13 Past Midnight," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17; 717-266-3644; nesd.k12.pa.us/Domain/499
Kennard-Dale High School: "Twelve Angry Jurors," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17; 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; 717-382-4871; kdhs.sesdweb.net
Susquehannock High School: "A Midsummer Night's Dream," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18; 717-235-4811; sycsd.org/Domain/115
York County School of Technology: "Alice in Wonderland," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18; 717-741-0820; ytech.edu
York Catholic High School: "You Can't Take It With You," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 16-17; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18; 717-846-8871; yorkcatholic.org
Spring Grove Area High School: "Miracle on 34th Street," 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18; 717-225-4731; sgasd.org/Domain/8
Red Land High School: "Once On This Island Jr.," 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30, and Saturday, Dec. 1; 717-938-6561; wssd.k12.pa.us/redland.aspx
Hanover Senior High School: "Disney's Aladdin Jr.," 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2; 717-637-9000 ext. 5000; hpsd.k12.pa.us/buildings/high/
Editor's note — This story has been corrected to reflect the correct spelling of Bethany Yuninger's name and to clarify that the show has one of the most complicated sets the drama club has constructed.