NHS Presents Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Blue Mid Summer Night's DreamWhen Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream late in the 16th or early 17th century he set his play in ancient Athens, Greece and drew upon classical mythology for the characters of Theseus and Hippolyta. His audience could relate to the story and his language.  While the plays of Shakespeare are very relevant for today, many audiences get caught up in the language and references.  To help our audiences, Fine and Performing Arts Director and HS theater teacher, Steve Miller, decided to use music and settings that were more familiar, yet still tied to the themes presented in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Natick’s production of the play is set in 2015 and is a dream of a love-scorned student, Helena.  Her dream introduces us to Theseus and Hippolyta.  Our Thesus, instead of living sometime in early B.C. days as a classic warrior kinsman of fabled Hercules, is the recently re-elected mayor of Athens, a small town with very conservative values:  a small town where family is important,  a small town where Mom and Dad’s decisions are ultimate,  a small town with a 1950’s feel. Just beyond the gates of Athens is the unrestricted forest.  The forest is not conservative and is the entry point to self-indulgence and pride, kind of a 1980’s type of place.   This is not to say that the 80’s and 50’s were only bad and 2015 is only good.  But rather to borrow from popular culture and some of its criticisms to make A Midsummer Night’s Dream more readily identifiable to an audience.

Student leaders run all aspects of design, music, choreography, costuming, lights and set creation under Mr. Miller’s direction.

$10 for Adults, $8 for Students and Seniors

Show times:  November 27, 28 and December 4 at 7:30pm, December 5 at 3pm at NHS Auditorium

Here’s the cast and crew and we hope you will join us with your family for this important community presentation!

Mid Summer Night’s Dream

Cast List

(in order of Appearance)

Thesus                                                                        Spencer Birch

Hippolyta                                                                   Mikaela Grant

Philostrate                                                                 Ellie Schelleng

Attendant (assistant to Philostrate)                       Zachary Lynch

Egeus                                                                          Emma Foley

Hermia                                                                       Marlee Waleik

Helena                                                                                    Isabella Carmenate

Lysander                                                                    Anders Carlson

Demetrius                                                                  Simon Safran

Quince, a carpenter (Prologue)                               Tabitha Crepaux

Snug, a joiner (Lion)                                                 Olivia Hart

Bottom, a weaver ( Pryamus)                                  Chautauqua Ordway

Flute, a bellows-mender (Thisbe)                           Aidan Wright

Snout, a tinker (Wall)                                               Ethan Farquharson

Starveling, a tailor ( Moonshine)                             Karen Ade

Oberon, king of the fairies                                       Peter Zogby

Titania, queen of the fairies                                                 Molly Raddant

Puck, or Robin Goodfellow                                       Alexeya O’Brien

A Fairy ( first in command under Titania)                        Bianca D’Antonio

Peaseblossom                                                            Maddie Gaudet

Cobweb                                                                      Anna Kolosky

Moth                                                                           Bianca D’Antonio

Mustardseed                                                             Vicky Carmenate

Fairy Sentinel:                                                           Nicole Giarra

Fairies:                                                Melina Troccolo, Hanna Cheeseman-Meyer,

Amanda Sinesi, Maggie Moores, Samantha Popp

Production Staff

Director

Steve Miller

Asst. Director

Christine Michelson

Technical Director

Ben Rogers

Stage Manager

Vicki Cummins

Music Director

Spencer Birch

Assistant Stage Manager

Kierra Byron

Lights

Connor Harney

Emma Crosby

Sound

Maddie Richards

Abigail Elliot

The Band

Spencer Birch – Guitar

Walker Lambrecht – Guitar

Harley Spring – Bass

Jacob Landgrebe – Keyboards

Ethan Proia – Drums

Seamstress

Zoe Parker

Crew

Jessica Zeliger, Cassie Smith, Emma Coady, Alex Fusaro, Alex Campbell, Eloise Baker, Charlene Desjardin, Michael Miscia, Emily Chalfin, Brian Coco, Thomas Conrad, , Elizabeth Lewis, Melissa Loftus, Kerry McNally, Veronica Ordway, Justin Popp, Kelsey Roy, Noel Taylor, Drew Townsend, Kiva Wise, Leo Pedrelli

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