Fairies take over Wollongong High

Mischievous fairies will spread their mayhem at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts next week when students perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The tale features four young lovers and a band of actors whose actions and affections are manipulated by meddling fairies when they choose to spend the night in a nearby forest.

Head teacher of performing arts Fran Curtis said the students had taken ownership of the play, which has been given a contemporary setting.

As well as acting in it, the teens have taken on roles such as assistant director and theatrical producer. Others have created the characters' costumes and a year 11 music class has written original music for the show, including a part for year 9 harpist Isabella Thomas.

"All our fairy moments are absolutely beautiful because we have a live harpist on the stage," Ms Curtis said.

Many of the characters had been double-cast, which made for great learning, she said.

"The kids have watched each other during rehearsals. So as a learning project it's been extraordinary, because they've been ... thinking about how they might do it and assisting each other."

The play runs from March 6 to 15, at the WHSPA theatre.

Tickets are available through the school's website - $15 for adults, $10 for concession and $40 for a family.

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