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Kubasaki sophomore Stephanie Kirstein, playing the part of Helena in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, discovers a sleeping Lysander, played by senior Chris Cantu.

Kubasaki sophomore Stephanie Kirstein, playing the part of Helena in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, discovers a sleeping Lysander, played by senior Chris Cantu. (Carlos Bongioanni / S&S)

Kubasaki sophomore Stephanie Kirstein, playing the part of Helena in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, discovers a sleeping Lysander, played by senior Chris Cantu.

Kubasaki sophomore Stephanie Kirstein, playing the part of Helena in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, discovers a sleeping Lysander, played by senior Chris Cantu. (Carlos Bongioanni / S&S)

Kubasaki junior Drexel Heard as King Oberon.

Kubasaki junior Drexel Heard as King Oberon. (Carlos Bongioanni / S&S)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will take center stage at Kubasaki High School this weekend.

The 16th century romantic comedy begins as a complicated love story that goes haywire when a love potion enters the equation.

Michelle Nipper, Kubasaki’s drama teacher and the play’s producer and director, said the caliber of this year’s drama students made the production possible.

“I’ve always wanted to do this play, and now finally we have the cast able to pull it off.”

The roles are very demanding, she said; several co-leads have many lines to recite.

The play will be set in ancient Athens, to keep true to the playwright’s original version. But the cast will use a paraphrased script instead of Shakespearean English “to make it more accessible to the audience,” Nipper said.

Forty members of Nipper’s drama class are involved in the production — 24 as cast and the rest as stage and support crews.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening in Kubasaki’s 600-seat auditorium. The event is free, but to defray the $3,000 production costs incurred, organizers suggest a donation of $5 per adult, $3 per older child and $2 per child under 12.

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