Midsummer Night’s Craziness

Michelle Maas ’17

Have you ever seen a Shakespearian play?

If not, now you have a chance to see one of the most popular plays written by Shakespeare!

This year, Mercy’s theatre department is tackling a Shakespearian play: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I know, Shakespeare can be kind of intimidating and may seem kind of boring, but if you REALLY pay attention, you’ll be falling out of your seat with laughter.

Shakespeare’s humor and intellect is shown in his plays. Midsummer definitely has a lot of lol moments. I’m not trying to say that A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favorite Shakespearian play (it isn’t), but it is worth seeing!

Something that is especially cool about Mercy’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is that the “theme” is Fairy Tale! This means that the costumes of cast members match a Disney Fairytale character’s “look.”

For instance, Puck (Amy Cline)’s “look” is a “punked out Tinkerbell!” Hermia (Abby Kallmeyer) is Belle, Helena (Jen Minnelli) is Alice in Wonderland, Lysander (Grant Zentmeyer) as the White Knight, and Demetrius (Seth Sturwold) is Gaston! Egeia (Molly Grayson) is the Lady Tremaine, Hippolyta (Ania Cosby) as Pocahauntas, and Theseus (Ann Fields) is Prince Charming. All of the rude mechanicals are Peter Pan’s gang of Lost Boys!

A bonus to this production is that Mr. Bouman, one of Mercy’s teachers in the English Department, wrote the music for the Lullaby Song that the fairies sing to help their queen fall asleep!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream may seem kind of scattered and hard to follow, so here’s a quick rundown on what’s going on.

This comedy is about TWO royal disagreements, a group of rude mechanicals performing an interesting play, four young lovers, and meddling, mischievous fairies who mess everything up! None of these things seem to connect, do they? To find out how everything got messed up (or as Amy Cline (Puck) and the rest of the cast and crew like to say, Pucked up 😉 ), you’ll have to see the show!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream premieres on Friday, March the 4th and continues until Sunday, March 6th in a theatre near you! (Otherwise known as Mercy’s theatre!) Here is a preview of the show from rehearsal a week ago:

This video is of the fairies when they are first introduced. Keep in mind that this is a video without any special effects, like lighting, costumes, make-up, hair… etc. and that it was taken two and a half weeks before the play, so it is just getting better! 🙂  Video Credits: Cassie Duker

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