RPA opens new theater, Shakespeare fall performance - 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'
October 28th & 29th at 7:00 p.m.
November 3rd, 4th & 5th at 7:00 p.m.
McClay Performing Arts Center, 640 SW Evergreen Ave.
On Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29 at 7:00 p.m., the Redmond Proficiency Academy will open its new theater in the McClay Building at 640 SW Evergreen Avenue, Redmond with a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play will continue its run November 3-5, with all shows starting at 7:00 p.m. This is the inaugural show for the space, as well as RPA’s first ever Shakespearean production.
“What makes our production memorable is that the imagery and music are inspired by locations and lifestyles in Central Oregon, such as the mountains, the hiking props, and the beautiful indie rock soundtrack,” said RPA junior Madelyn Stacy. “Although the original text remains, it makes for a fresh contrast with the modern setting.”
The play and space are unique to RPA. “We are staying true to Shakespeare’s script, but making it our own and easily accessible to those new to the Bard. In true Oregonian spirit, we have transformed the setting to Central Oregon due to the magic of the mountains,” said Theatre Director Kate Torcom. “If you’re going to find magic and fairies around here, it’s likely off of Cascade Lakes Highway.”
Due to the unique nature of the performance space, RPA highly recommends that audience members acquire tickets prior to attending the show. “It’s not your classic high school auditorium, it’s an exposed brick black box theater that’s reminiscent of professional playhouses in Chicago,” said Torcom of the McClay performance space. Tickets can be purchased at rpatheatre.ticketleap.com. Limited tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $5, and student admission is $2.