Pembroke Academy cancels this weekend’s performances of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
The Pembroke Academy drama club said it has canceled all of this weekend’s performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as members of the cast continue to recover from a sudden illness.
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. on April 30, May 2 and May 3, in the Pembroke Academy Auditorium.
Director Pete Mehegan said students in the cast and crew were already involved in other end-of-year activities on upcoming weekends, so the club had to stick to weekday performances.
“We’ve been peppered with kind comments from folks and that’s been great, but this is the most professional group of kids I’ve ever worked with,” he said.
“We didn’t have 100 percent of them ready, and we wouldn’t do it without 100 percent.”
The students fell ill shortly after eating take-out from the Concord Olive Garden, but state health officials Thursday cautioned against blaming the restaurant before an investigation could be done.
In interviewing the students yesterday, “it became clear this group of students had many other food exposures together, not just the Olive Garden, so we’re continuing to try and find the source of the outbreak,” said Beth Daly, chief of infectious disease surveillance with the state Division of Public Health.
She expected results Monday from a stool sample that will identify what pathogen had sickened the students.
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