Anna Post has been performing with Auburn Players Community Theatre for almost 30 years, but this weekend marks her first time doing "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
The group will present the show at Cayuga Community College as part of its Literary Series, which provides free tickets to students.
Post, 37, said she first encountered the Shakespearean comedy as literature, reading it with her sister from a compilation of his plays their mother had. Later, she saw an abridged version of it performed at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. This weekend, she'll play Helena, one of four young lovers at the center of a plot that also involves fairies and, in the Players' version, a colorful forest.
"It's always been one of my favorite Shakespearean plays," Post said. "This is a really awesome team putting the production together. ... Just a really good cast and crew, and everyone gelled."
Post went to school in Union Springs and Auburn, then obtained a B.F.A. in musical theater, a B.A. in anthropology and a graduate diploma in early European art. Throughout her academic career, she's made time for the performing arts: She first performed with the Auburn Players when she was 8, in "The Clown Who Ran Away." She's notched at least 10 productions with them, she said.
Post has also performed with Absolute Dance Company, and her first job was with the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Owasco, where she worked in the crew backstage.
Though she now works as a photographer for National Book Auctions, Post tries to perform as often as she can with what she called a "very supportive" artistic community in Auburn.
"There's a lot of talent in central New York," she said. "It's really good for communities to develop that."