By: Amanda Potts
Romance, royalty, mischief, and magic take over the Ken Collins Theatre this Spring. The rarely comedic Shakespeare lets his gifts debut again, this time in the form of a 1980’s teen film take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“At the heart, Midsummer is really about the different ways that love controls and overtakes the human condition,” said Director and Drama teacher Mr. Dallas Myers. This includes instances of true, spurned, dominating, hopeless, pathetic, and distracting love.
Taking place in the town of Athens along with The Woods surrounding it, the audience gets to watch love blossom, fall apart, and return with fervor – aided by a touch of magic.
The play is full of intertwining plot lines and various stories taking place simultaneously. See, there are no leads, in the common sense, but rather four main groups. The lovers, the royals, the supernaturals, and the mechanicals.
The lovers are a group of four teens, the royals are the ruling class, the supernaturals are the queen and king of the fairies, and the mechanicals are the clowns of the play. Puck is also a main character.
“[Puck] wreaks all kinds of havoc upon many of these groups; sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally,” said Myers. “[She] loves to have fun and watch people deal with the situations they are put in.”
Puck is a fairy – right hand man, or woman in this case, to Oberon, the king of fairies. Puck is most commonly played by a male actor, but Myers defied this tradition by casting Junior Jadi Dicksa as the mischief maker.
“It’s not harder, but now that it’s a girl I have to put my own twist on it,” Dicksa said. She interprets Puck as being more of a tomboy who loves mischief.
The play is aided by many minor characters. There are the loyal subjects of Oberon and Titania – the fairy King and Queen – as well as the many mechanicals. But, as Dicksa said, “There are no small parts, only small actors.”
Comedy is one of the hardest types of acting. Each actor must work daily on strenuous physical comedy as well as the pronunciation of the difficult Shakespearean language. The 80’s theme doesn’t make it any easier.
However, the unique attribute this interpretation has is the inclusion of a live band on stage.
“The jazz students of Highlanders Jazz are putting the music together and arranging every song on their own,” said Myers.
So far, the play is a mere work in progress. They have just begun blocking, but they rehearse every day. The play runs April 26-28 and May 3-5. Each show will be at 7pm and cost $5 per ticket. For more information on any of our upcoming productions, students can follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kencollinstheater.