Arts

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream, October 7 through October 10, 2021

We have waited over a year for A Midsummer Night’s Dream to finally take the stage at our Jackson Banke amphitheater. Just as Shakespeare’s beloved characters found themselves in a deep slumber, we spent the past year waiting to fully resume our everyday lives. Now, we are so grateful for the opportunity to bring this tale and these characters to life, and to find our audience at last.  Read on for a synopsis of the plot in case you aren't familiar with this play.

PLOT SYNOPSIS 

(yes, it can be a little confusing!)

Into the Forest
Egeus (the ever-grumpy Dad played by freshman Liev Bruce-Low) brings his rebellious daughter Hermia (double cast with Freyja Kremer / Dayton Shepardson) in front of the Duke, Theseus (freshman Eliot Choate). Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius (double cast with Kian and Pavel)  but Hermia refuses, because she's in love with Lysander (Silas Grossman). The Duke orders Hermia to obey her father or, according to Athenian law, she must face a death penalty or enter a convent.
 
Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night. They confide in their friend Helena (double cast with Mira Bruce Low and Ava Lockwood). However, she's secretly in love with Demetrius so, hoping to win his affection, she tells him of Hermia's plan. That night, all four lovers set out into the magical fairy forest.
 
Meanwhile, a group of Athenian tradesmen (known as The Players) who have been hired to paint the palace in preparation for the wedding of the Duke, but also dream of being actors, are led by their fearless and often exasperated Director, Quince (Pamela Gloger). They are planning to perform a play in celebration of the Duke's wedding. They rehearse The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe in the same forest in which the lovers have escaped. The overly confident and exuberant, and pain in the Director’s side, Bottom (Theo Marvin) is chosen to play the lead in their play.  
 
Love at First Sight
Elsewhere, the Queens of the Forest, Oberon (Jadyn Heslelton) and Titania (Lacey Koch), argue over Titania's refusal to give up her newly adopted baby boy to Oberon. She is jealous and angry and sends her mischievous servant, Puck (Talulah Juniper), to find a magic plant to cast a spell on Titania.  The juice of the plant, when squeezed onto the eyes of someone asleep, causes them to fall in love with the first creature they see when they wake up. Oberon uses the juice on Titania as she sleeps in her bower.
 
Puck overhears The Players rehearsing, and decides to meddle further, magically transforming the actor Bottom’s head into that of a donkey. The other actors are terrified and flee the forest. When Titania wakes, the first creature she sees is Bottom in his Donkey form and she falls rapturously in love with him.
 
Helena chases Demetrius in the forest and their fighting disturbs Oberon. She tells Puck to use the magic plant on Demetrius too, so that he will fall in love with the sad and unloved Helena. But, of course, Puck muddles up the two Athenian men and uses it on Lysander instead, who promptly falls in love with Helena. Both women are confused, and Hermia furiously attacks her friend.
 
**SPOILER ALERT**
Stop reading now if you don't want to know how it ends...

Eventually, Oberon lifts all the enchantments and puts the humans to sleep. Titania is horrified that she's been enamored of an ass and is reconciled with her Oberon. On waking, the young lovers decide the night's events must have all been a dream. Lysander and Hermia are back to normal, and Demetrius admits that he does love Helena after all. Bottom wakes up and recounts his 'strange dream'.
 
The wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta becomes a triple celebration as the other human couples marry too. Quince and Bottom's acting troupe amuses the couples with their amateur performance of the play, Pyramus and Thisbe, and the fairy kingdom is once again in harmony as the evening revelries come to a close.
 
As the wedded couples retire, Oberon, Titania and the fairies perform a blessing, and Puck asks the audience to applaud if they enjoyed the performance.
 

NIGHT CAST
Thursday, October 7 and Saturday, October 9
DREAM CAST
Friday, October 8 and
Sunday, October 10
Helena
Mira Bruce Low ‘23
Ava Lockwood ‘22
Hermia
Freyja Kremer ‘23
Dayton Shepardson ‘23
Demetrius
Pavel Karabelov ‘22
Kian Sarmiento ‘23
Hippolyta
Nia Murray ‘24
Giselle Perez ‘23

Cast

HUMANS OF ATHENS
Helena: Ava Lockwood ‘22, Mira Bruce Low ‘23
Hermia: Freyja Kremer ‘23, Dayton Shepardson ‘23
Egeus: Liev Bruce Low ’25
Demetrius: Pavel Karabelov ‘22, Kian Sarmiento ‘23
Lysander: Silas Grossman ‘22
Theseus: Eliot Choate ’25
Hippolyta: Nia Murray ‘24, Giselle Perez ‘23
Philostrate: Iris Anderson ‘23

FAIRY WORLD: 
Oberon: Jadyn Heselton ‘23
Titania: Lacey Koch ‘22
Puck: Talulah Juniper ’23

TITANIA’S FAIRIES
Mustardseed: Kyra Shi ‘23
Mote: Ithaka Serber ‘24
Cobweb: Nora Murray ’25
Peaseblossom: Mia Bernstein ‘24
Periwinkle: Tilly Houston ‘23
Dewdrop: Elena Hanna ’24
Moss: Lauren Crenshaw ‘24
Vine: Giselle Perez ‘23

“THE PLAYERS”
Nick Bottom: Theo Marvin ‘23
Quince: Pamela Gloger ‘24
Francis Flute: Izzy Weaver ‘23
Robin Starveling: Amelia Packard ‘22
Tom Snout: Ian Mutz ‘25
Snug: Ellison White ‘25

Production Team

Director: Jenifer Coté 
Assistant Director: Madigan Traversi ‘23
Stage Manager/Production Manager: Rachel Woo ‘22
Aerial Silk Choreography: Kristen Krup 
Acrobatic Captain: Kyra Shi ‘23
Dance Captain/Fairy Choreography: Tilly Houston ‘23
Music Direction: Ethan Boyers ‘23
Additional Music Direction and Percussion: Daniel Reiter
Light Board:
 
Musicians
Ethan Boyer ‘23
Jeremy Felton ‘22
Maddie Felton ‘24
Ulises Frick ‘22
Zack Fuette ‘24
Jillian Hamann ‘23
Sarai Juarez Osario ‘23
 
Design
Set: Mae McCarthy ‘23 / Bruce Lackovic
Sound Design: Mae McCarthy ‘23
Student Costume Designers: Louise Estella ’24, Marlena Bennet Hall ‘23, Elena Hana ‘24
Adult Costume Designer: Rebecca Brown 
Makeup/Hair Crew: Louise Estella ‘24, Kaya Greer ‘25, Lily Woodlander ‘24
Lighting: Bruce Lackovic, student assistants Ashlyn Brescia ‘23
Prop Master: Ithaka Serber ‘24
 
Builders/Techies/Designers
Liam Bernier ‘22
Ashlyn Brescia ‘23
Louise Estella ‘24
Lu Eyler ‘25
Layla Fahmi ‘24
Sam Farber ‘25
Lily Gelb ‘24
Chris Giffoni ‘23
Layla Hakim ‘22
Elena Hanna ‘24
Jeremiah Kellison ‘25
Raphael McGlynn ‘23
Lydia McKown ‘25
Max Meyer ‘24
Maja Mieritz ‘25
Avery Novograd ‘25
Disha Sharma ‘25
Sophia Siegner ‘24
Ben Soloman ‘22
Madison Thrash ‘23
Lucas Updegraff ‘24

Covid Protocols

All attendees must RSVP in advance of the evening they will attend. All attendees must provide proof of vaccination at the time of their RSVP. Children under age 12 who are unable to be vaccinated at this time will be allowed to attend, but will be required to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival.

All guests must wear masks for the duration of the show, except when eating or drinking.

There will be no concessions provided.
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