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Play lets youths enjoy theater

Young audience targeted furing 11-show run of 'Comedy of Errors'

DHS Advanced Theatre Class presents "The Comedy of Errors" this Saturday with performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School.

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DHS Advanced Theatre Class presents "The Comedy of Errors" this Saturday with performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Bollman Auditorium at Dallas High School.

December 10, 2013

DALLAS — Dallas High School's production of "The Comedy of Errors," playing Saturday afternoon in Bollman Auditorium, is Shakespeare in disguise.

Written for children — the majority of the performances during the 11-show run are exclusively for Dallas-area elementary school students — the play won't sound or look like Shakespeare, with the exception for the plot.

"The Comedy of Errors" is about the reunion of two sets of twins separated at birth. The characters in the play — including the siblings themselves — are unaware of that fact, leading to many a misunderstanding and mistaken identity. And with a shortened run time suitable to youthful audiences, the laughs are non-stop.

"It doesn't give you time to lose energy, so you just keep building on that," said Cati Rangel, who plays one half of the Dromio twins.

The script is dotted with pop culture references and costume choices that children will relate to.

"We have the main characters as cowboys and jesters, and then we have a Power Ranger and Darth Vader, and things like that, anything that seem entertaining to a child," said Andrei Zamudio, one of the Antipholus twins.

The play is produced by Dallas High School’s advanced theater class, and the two Saturday shows are open to the public. All proceeds from Saturday will go to support the arts in the local community, namely opportunities for youth to experience the arts.

Performing for young audiences seems to be a highlight for the cast of high school students, even with 11 shows to put on.

"You feed off the audience," said Micheal Kingman, who plays Duke Solinus. "They are kids, so obviously they give you a lot more energy."

"I think it is a lot more entertaining than a grown audience," Zamudio added.

Kingman and Rangel can remember attending a similar production when they were attending elementary school.

"I forgot what the play was, but I do remember how much fun it was," Kingman said.

The hope is for the children to have fun watching the play — and maybe wanting to give acting a try, too, someday.

"I really like to see younger kids get into theater because that is really what keeps the whole program alive," Rangel said.

Showtime!

What: "The Comedy of Errors."

When: Saturday, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Where: Dallas High School, Bollman Auditor-ium, 1250 SE Holman Ave., Dallas.

Admission: Adults, $3; children, $2. All proceeds go to benefit the arts in the Dallas community.

For more information: 503-623-8336.