Countdown to Shakespeare in the Park

Organisers are describing it as a double bill of magic and the spirit world — and what happens when all hell breaks loose in the woods.

Miller's parable of mass hysteria, directed by Damien Ryan, draws a savage parallel between the Salem witch trials of 1692 and the McCarthyism that gripped the US in the early 1950s.

In Bella Vista the play will be staged entirely in a circa-1870 barn as part of The Sydney Hills Shakespeare in the Park, held in partnership with The Hills Council.

It will also be staged in a forest at Everglades Gardens, Leura, as part of The Leura Shakespeare Festival.

Adele Querol plays Salem girl Susanna Walcott in The Crucible and Helena, one of four young lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Susanna Dowling.

"It's been an exciting challenge stepping between two worlds," Ms Querol said.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in the heat of the shortest night of the year, when lovers and workaday dreamers are plunged into a world between sleep and waking, parents are selfish and their children break the rules.

When love rears its head, friendships are forgotten — and that's just the mortal world.

The cast also includes Jerome Meyer as Lysander, one half of a couple who go through a magical wood to elope.

He said he loved that The Hills' audiences would be following actors across the 200-year-old Bella Vista Farm Park during the production.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Crucible are at Bella Vista Farm Park, corner of Elizabeth Macarthur Drive and Norwest Boulevarde, Bella Vista, December 5 to January 25, and at the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Leura, January 10-25.

■ Student Shakespeare Production Will-I-Am is at Bella Vista Farm Park, December 19 to 21.

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