Langley High School A Midsummer Night’s DreamBy Cappies • Nov 22nd, 2010 • Category: Cappies
The wedding bells were chiming in Langley High School’s theater during their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This comedy, written by Shakespeare in the 16th century, follows four young lovers who end up lost in the forest and entangled in their own desperate knot of criss-crossed hopes and desires. However this forest is not as it seems, but is in fact, home to a magical group of fairies, including Puck, the mischievous assistant to Oberon whose attempt to mend the four Athenians love by using the magical juice of a flower fails miserably and only brings about further mayhem. It’s a happy ending after all, and a wedding is held with an eccentric performance given by ragged actors who take part in the tomfoolery along the way.
Nicole Kang’s whiny Hermia kept the audience giggling with her exaggerated melodrama and energetic and childish reactions. Tess Higgins, playing Helena, in contrast portrayed a more sophisticated and giddy character that only desired a man’s, more specifically Demetrius’, affection. A show stealer, Demetrius, played by Zach Gray, was constantly reacting to the scenes around him and brought a pompous yet highly comedic character to the stage. Gray had new interpretations to the play that effectively created fun and entertaining moments. Brian Patterson’s Lysander also brought humor to the production, specifically in his impeccable comedic timing and adorable, expressive and quirky characterization. The most memorable and entertaining scene involved all four lovers in the “forest confrontational” scene. While this scene caused much pandemonium and at times had major split focus, each actor brought their own eccentric character to the scene and were able to create definite and unique relationships. There was an abundant amount of strength within Lysander and Demetrius’ relationship that had the audience laughing until they were close to tears and brought continuous entertainment to the production.
Only an ass would be foolish enough to get onstage and make an ass of himself, yet that is precisely what Dominic Calandra did as a dramatic and charismatic Bottom. Calandra conveyed a plethora of emotion and hilarity to the stage. Bottom and his fellow acting troupe of Athenian laborers truly displayed Puck’s words-“Lord, what fools these mortals be!” A hilarious and masculine Flute, played by Jordan Moeller, had the audience in stitches with his overly feminine role through the “Pyramus and Thisbe” production. This scene became an audience favorite, especially during the stretched out, and wonderfully hilarious, death of Pyramus.
The cast and crew of Langley put together an enjoyable show and were able to engage the audience by effectively utilizing the entire auditorium. Despite microphone snafus and some inaudible and mumbled lines, McLean’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a job well done.
by Emily Vanni of W. T. Woodson High School
Photos by Timothy J. Higgins.
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