The cast of Rossland Summit School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream rehearsed on set Tuesday after school. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

New drama teacher at Rossland Summit School remounts A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Rossland Summit School’s new drama teacher is remounting the play she performed in as an RSS student.

Rossland Summit School’s new drama teacher is remounting the play she performed in at RSS 10 years ago.

Thursday, May 18, Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25, students at RSS will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream — the same play that new drama teacher Danielle Lussier performed in when she was in Grade 11.

“I thought it would be a good one for my first production because I already knew a lot about it and I remembered some of how it was put together and where the set pieces were and all that stuff,” said Lussier. “It’s been really, really fun.”

The trees on set are the same trees that were used 10 years ago, and were originally constructed by Janette Thomas and Joanne Tench.

It was Lisa Henderson who directed the play when Lussier was part of the cast.

Lussier became drama teacher at RSS after Henderson retired last year.

“I had no idea how much work she put in; I’m really finding out now and it’s been so great. It’s so busy, but it’s my passion and it’s just so awesome … getting the kids excited about drama,” said Lussier.

Looking back at a program for the production she performed in as a student, Lussier pointed out friends who performed along with her, including the boy who grew up to become her husband.

The kids performing in this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are participating on their own time and not as part of a course. They rehearse once to twice a week for an hour and a half to two hours and have been rehearsing since the end of November.

Or at least most of them have been.

“I didn’t have Lysander until the middle of March,” explained Lussier.

Ben Scully was away in France but she sent him a copy of the play and he joined the cast as Lysander after spring break.

All of the cast encourages Rosslanders to come out and see the show.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and kids under school age are free.