Each year my middle school hosts a Renaissance fair for the eighth-graders. The evening includes a student production of the Shakespeare play "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

Each year my middle school hosts a Renaissance fair for the eighth-graders. The evening includes a student production of the Shakespeare play "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The girls wear ill-fitting frilly gowns. The boys wear peasant tops and breeches. It's a lollapalooza of turkey legs, glitter fairy wings and mortification.

I learned three important lessons when it was my turn: 1) I can act about as well as a teenage boy can be comfortable wearing hunter-green tights; 2) Teachers (the only people who don't look uncomfortable at these things) are nerds; 3) Life would be easier if tomfoolery-seeking sprites gave all the world's jerks donkey faces.

I'm looking forward to seeing the talented members of the Actors' Theatre of Columbus play out their braces-free version of this whimsical tale.