Fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream puts audience in a trance

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Ellie Bain

The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream dazzled in performance on the weekend of Nov. 19. The Drama Club is excited for their next performance, Crazy For You, coming out in March 2017.

Rachel Kim, Contributing Writer

The Drama Club presented its fall play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, on Nov. 18-20.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, originally written in the 1590s, is one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, and it is arguably the most accessible to younger audiences.

Since the Schreiber auditorium is currently undergoing renovations, the play was held at Weber. However, audience members were not shaken by the change in location, and the show was met with thunderous applause.

“I think the audience was great, especially in that last scene where I’m watching the show with them,” said senior Anna Cohen, who played Hermia. “It’s so cool to feel like I’m in there with them, watching the whole thing.”

This last scene was one of the most humorous parts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the end, Quince (Sarah DiMarino) directed the “play within a play,” a comical performance of Pyramus and Thisbe.  Members of the main cast, including Theseus (Alex Nam) and Hippolyta (Kelsey Weisburd) looked on with the audience as Quince’s company performed their hilarious play. Pyramus was played by Bottom, one of the play’s funniest figures.

Every time the audience thought he was dead, he would suddenly get up and utter a few more lines. Other audience favorites included Thisbe (Jeffrey Lockom) and the Wall (Daliah Bernstein). The last few minutes of the play had the audience howling with laughter, and the cast was successfully able to convey the humor of the scene as Shakespeare had intended it.

Overall, the actors’ performance was flawless, which is especially impressive since they had to memorize such long monologues and dialogues. They managed to preserve the beauty of Shakespeare’s language while delivering a witty, humorous performance that all viewers were able to understand and enjoy.

“I think once you get the language and you understand what’s being said, it’s easier to read the lines, then you can convey better what’s happening,” said senior Allison Winter.

Winter, who played the mischievous Puck, helped make the play more interactive. She ran all over the auditorium, attracting the audience’s attention throughout the play.

According to Lysander, “the course of true love never did run smooth,” but Schreiber’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream certainly did. Both the talented cast and production staff ensured that the play went well, and everything was flawlessly coordinated. The stage crew made the performance exciting, providing special visual and auditory effects, the most notable of these being a smoke machine. During the intermission, the team put on some relaxing classical music that fit in perfectly with the play’s atmosphere.

“I could not be more proud of it [production]. This cast and production are ridiculously talented and I feel like the show is bright and awesome every night and I really feel super excited afterwards,” said Cohen.

The set was elaborately decorated, featuring Greek pillars, benches, and a beautiful wisteria tree. Additionally, the costumes were extremely memorable, specifically those of the four fairies: Peaseblossom, Moth, Mustardseed,and Cobweb. They were completely in sync, and their choreography was both graceful and mesmerizing. Last but not least, the grand finale was presented at the wedding was the secondary cast comprised of Quince and Bottom (Matthew Demarino)’s bandwagon.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a huge success, and the Drama Club will have its next performance, Crazy For You, in March 2017.