SCLS’s first-ever production of a Shakespeare play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, took to the stage this week. Using a brilliantly adapted script, the cast of Middle School students has been rehearsing all autumn, memorizing lines and cues, learning choreography, and working as a team to create the show. Though the script was shortened from the original, the antique form of English wasn’t changed so students were challenged to learn the English of Shakespeare’s time, the early 1600’s. Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, with love lost and found, magic potions, and fairy characters who delight in sowing confusion among the human characters.
Our actors did a superb job exploiting all the opportunities for physical humor in the play. We had Puck and Oberon greeting Titania with a hip hop number; Bottom dying and then comically coming back to life; and the four lovers constantly fighting. Mrs. Harper and Ms. O’Donnell, our directors, worked hard with the actors until the show became theirs. We were so fortunate also that all of the stage backdrops were created by the students in the Digital Art class, showcasing their creative skills. We are so proud to be able to offer our students this kind of opportunity. Staging a performance like this takes commitment and responsibility, and the work of many people collaborating together. Luckily, we also have a state-of-the-art theater that can support student performance at a very high level. We are already looking forward to our spring production of the musical Seussical!