Mercy High School Footlighters present Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to fellow students at Mercy High School on Friday, April 12. (Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)

Since January, Mercy High School Footlighters, the school's drama group consisting of 19 actors and one tech, worked days and nights and even through their Easter break to prepare for their production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." 

The work concluded this past week with four performances, including one student performance on Friday with a sampling of three acts, all staged at the school's Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium. 

Senior Sara Johnson, who played Theseus and who has been a Footlighter since her sophomore year, said she was excited as this was the first Shakespeare work she has performed with the drama group.

"Mercy has done the show two times before, so trying to live up to and then make it our own version of the show. It's really exciting," Johnson said.

Since Mercy is an all-girls school, the students perform both male and female roles.  

Theater Arts Coordinator Raymond Stoddard, commenting on having girls perform a male role, said, "It's a good acting challenge and it teaches them a great deal about creating a character."