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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, JR. (The Justice Theater Project, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 and 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Emily Krzyzewski Center, 904 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701) is a FREE hip-hop youth-theater version of the marvelous moonstruck comedy by English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare (1564-1616), performed at The Emily K Center in Durham by low-income and at-risk students attending an Aug. 2-14 summer drama camp conducted by The Justice Theater Project of Raleigh, NC.

According to The Emily K Center, “The JTP Drama Camp runs for two weeks from August 2-14. Students … work with professional theater instructors from The Justice Theater Project, studying acting, improvisation, dance, and the disciplines of design and production (costume, makeup, props, and lights). This year’s camp will culminate in a fully mounted production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS’ DREAM, JR…. All performances are open to the family and friends of the campers and the community.”

Emily K director of development Treat Harvey adds, “This year’s camp focuses on William Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (adapted by Aurand Harris). Enrolled students receive daily training in acting, art, dance, and music, culminating in two performances of an abridged version of the play, set to hip-hop music. The Justice Theater Project’s [artistic director] Deb Royals-Mizerk directs the classes and performance; national dance educator of the year Freddie-Lee Heath serves as choreographer; and Andrea Schulz Twiss of Hot Summer Nights at The Kennedy is the acting coach…. Performances are free and open to the public…. The Emily K Center’s mission is to inspire economically disadvantaged students to dream big, strive for academic excellence, act with character and purpose, and reach their highest potential as citizen leaders. Most of the 80 camp participants are from the Center’s Pioneer Scholars program for 1st through 8th graders. Several of the junior counselors and counselors have participated in The Justice Theater Project’s camps in Raleigh and Durham….”

Andrea Twiss points out, “As someone who grew up in the arts, I understand the amazing and positive impact that it has on a child’s life. I am hoping to make more folks in our arts community aware of what The Emily K Center is doing so that their programs can continue.”



TICKETS: Admission is FREE.

INFORMATION: 919/680-0308 or

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