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A different 'Midsummer'

Midsummer3 Shakespeare meets Santería when the college theater students at Miami's New World School of the Arts debut a reinterpreted Midsummer Night's Dream Feb. 12-21. 

Faculty member Andrew Noble, collaborating with New World costume designer Estela Vrancovich, got the idea for the different approach to William Shakespeare's enduringly popular comedy from innovative productions he, colleagues and students experienced in London last spring.  In reexamining the play, Noble writes, "I saw a darker, earthier, more malevolent/mischievous domain."

Senior Renata Eastlick plays the Titania role, here renamed the orisha Ochún; junior Edson Jean plays Eleguá, a different take on Puck.  Dance division faculty member Peter London worked with the cast to create movement and dances for the production.

A Midsummer Night's Dreamwill be performed in the Louise O. Gerrits Theatre at New World, 25 NE Second St., Miami.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $12 (just $5 for students and seniors).  Call 305-237-3541 or visit New World's web site.