More than two dozen high school and university students will hit the North Delta stage this month to spread a little laughter – and raise some funds for sick children.
KP Productions presents A Midsummer Night’s Musical, based on William Shakespeare’s comical play, from May 24-26. The non-profit theatre company was founded three years ago by sisters Karina and Kazandra Pangilinan, who are both current students at UBC Sauder School of Business and graduates of Seaquam Secondary in North Delta. Being fans of both literature and musical theatre inspired the pair to bring their favorite works of literature to life through musical productions.
Past productions have included Pride and Prejudice: The Musical and The Musical Importance of Being Earnest, which collectively raised $4,300 for BC Children’s Hospital through donations. This year, they hope to raise $5,000 for the hospital over three performances.
The show will feature a cast of 26 students ranging in age from 14 to 21, plus five elementary students from Immaculate Conception School who will grace the stage as fairies.
Theatre veteran Lianna Lugrin returns to the stage in the role of the mischievous Puck and Brennan Schebek plays Oberon the Fairy King, alongside Vanessa Quarinto as Titania. Seaquam Secondary alumni and current UBC students Jackey Lip, Lukas Maier, Whitney Millar and Shayla Hasting play the four ill-fated lovers – Lysander, Demetrius, Helena and Hermia – who become entangled in a hilarious love triangle. Evan Bentley-Inouye plays the role of Bottom, who takes the form of a donkey through Puck’s impish plot. James Munro, Demi Marcakis, Kylie Mantei, Tye McLellan and Carl Wiebe play the wanna-be actors and put on a hilarious stage play of “Pyramus and Thisbe.”
The show features seventeen musical numbers including “You’re the One that I Want” from Grease, “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, “What is This Feeling” from Wicked, “Seasons of Love” from Rent, and many more from musicals such as Joseph and his Amazing Techni-Coloured Dream Coat, Sweeny Todd, and West Side Story. Choreography is by Vanessa Quarinto and Demi Marcakis.
A Midsummer Night’s Musical takes place May 24-26, 7:30 p.m. at the Seaquam Theatre, 11584 Lyon Rd. Call 604-543-7963.