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Reflections on A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted On: 10/25/2016 4:47 PM

Reflections on A Midsummer Night's Dream
Posted 12/04/2015 02:40PM

By Amanda Fusting, Student Reporter

"Our work was done and we were proud of it," said Erica Ridge, reflecting on the closing night of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on November 14th. The seven main characters worked on this play for five months before opening night. Directors, Nick Cherone and Andrew Acevedo, casted these rolls at the end of the last school year. The rest of the cast jumped into the rehearsals in September. They worked long hours to produce what turned out to be a fabulous production.

The cast met most days after school to study the Shakespearean text, choreograph the stage directions, and develop their acting abilities. Each actor or actress was encouraged to take risks on stage. Elyse Jenkins said, "This (the role of Puck) was definitely a challenging role, as it required me to go out of my comfort zone and really explore my reaches as an actress." The goal of the rehearsals was not to just be able to recite the strange Shakespearean syntaxes come November. The directors wanted the cast members to understand and engage with the story, connect to their characters, and grow as actors and actresses.

When students with the same goal come together for five months, they become a close knit family. Elyse enjoyed interacting with the cast in and outside of the show. Drama students made many good friends and built upon what was already a close knit community. Students described the rehearsals as especially exciting as they worked through many creative ideas.

"Much of the blocking the directors had to come up with out of thin air, because Shakespeare really only writes where he wants exits and entrances," said Elyse. During their five performances the cast constantly had the audience laughing, whether Elyse was casting the wrong spell or Ashanti, Hermia, was reprimanding her suitors.

After five months, the drama department was sad to put away the fairy wings and silver moon, but it eagerly anticipates auditions for the spring musical Bye Bye Birdie this week.

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