Stevensville High School presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Stevensville Playhouse on March 31, April 1 and 2.
The classic comedy stems from confusion, intertwined love, twists, fairies and players.
SHS Director Sarah Piper explained the plot.
“Helena loves Demetrius, but he is in love with Hermia, who happens to be in love with Lysander,” Piper said. “When they flee into the woods and encounter the mischievous sprite Puck, both the fairy realm and the four young lovers find their worlds are suddenly turned upside down.”
Piper said the production will be great fun for the whole family and features a talented cast and crew.
“I’m so proud of everyone who has come together and grown to make this wonderful play, and also become a part of this amazing family,” said Vanessa Cochran, who plays Titania.
The cast includes: Theseus played by Alex Shepherd; Hippolyta, Alexsandra Morawic; Egeus, Miguel Kennard; Demetrius, Josiah Johnson; Hermia, April Floyd; Lysander, Tom Trangmoe; Helena, Heather Hendrickson; Nick Bottom, Zack Koerner; Robin Starveling, Eli Richardson; Tom Snout, Dani Page; Francis Flute, Jason Sprinkle; Sung, Reece Haugo; Peter Quince, Missa Elmore; Puck, Cody Vincent; Peaseblossom, Aurora Kellough; Mustardseed, Jenna Wiegart; Cobweb, Maegan Mondragon; Titania, Vanessa Cochran; and Oberon, Matthew Kleinjan.
The crew includes: lights, Rachel Marchant; sound, Charlie Pitts; backstage, Savannah Thompson; and director, Sarah Piper.
Actors shared their thoughts on the production.
Vincent who plays the mischievous Puck said he looks forward to laughs from the audience.
Hendrickson said, “I think doing a Shakespeare play is a great experience for learning classic literature while performing.”
Floyd said she feels privileged to participate in this “absolutely hilarious Shakespearean play.”
“ 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' is comedic, playful and completely entertaining,” Floyd said. “I, and the rest of the cast, hope you come to experience all of the wonders within this play.”
Morawic said, “I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing play and a great cast. Shakespeare can be challenging, but everyone has been working so hard to put on the best performance for anyone who will see this show.”
Trangmoe said being in the production and performing Lysander has been a good experience.
“Shakespeare is a totally new realm of acting for me and one that proved quite demanding,” Trangmoe said. “However, it’s also proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve taken part in. I couldn’t be more excited to finally see it all come together on stage.”
Haugo said he enjoys the self-improvements that come with dramatic arts and the people in the production.
“Acting is like dancing. I may not know what I’m doing, but that won’t stop me from embarrassing myself while doing it,” said Richardson.
“I hope everyone loves 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' as much as I do,” said Elmore. “This theatre family is the best thing ever.”
Stevensville High School will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. on March 31and April 1 and at 2 p.m. on April 2 at the Stevensville Playhouse. Cost is $5 for a student, $6 for an adult, and $20 for a family of four. Purchase tickets at the door the day of the show or for reserved seats call 777-5481 ext. 109.