Thornton Academy News

  • Arts
TA Players offer modern twist on Shakespeare


Students at Thornton Academy are bringing to the stage a modern version of the Shakespeare classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Written in the late 1590s, the original play follows four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors as they become intertwined in the feud between Titania and Oberon, the ruling fairies of the forest. Exploring themes of love, identity, and loyalty, A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers a comedic look into the complexities of human relationships.  

The TA Players are presenting a cooler, hipper version that takes place in the 1960s, a time of peace, love, and tie-dye clothes. Many of the students saw this version at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe during a trip to England in June.

“Our students have been really excited to do this modernized production since they saw it at the Globe Theater – the world’s premier Shakespeare theater," says Emma Campbell, Chair of Thornton’s Arts Department. “Now they can really understand the story and motivations of the characters.” 

The production features a student cast of 45, with another 25 working behind the scenes.

A Midsummer Night's Dream runs November 17 - 19, at the Harry Garland III Auditorium on the Thornton Campus. Tickets are $8 and go on sale November 3 at


Pictured above: Kate Cross, Laila Suey, Addie Brown, Gianna Palleschi lead a cast and crew of 70 students in the TA Players production of A Midnight’s Summer Dream.