Shakespearean Comedy Became Fine Arts Success

When the curtain opened at Friday night’s Fine Arts performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the audience began clapping at the impressive set in front of them. A large silvery moon, expansive trees connected by walkways, and a pond with flowing water made for quite the magical forest that had some almost questioning whether or not they were still in the Dale Horton Auditorium.

In this well-known Shakespearean comedy directed by Dr. Charlene Monk, three sets of characters* intermingled in a Victorian rendition of the play to develop a performance that students, faculty, staff, and guests alike will not soon forget.

“It truly was a magical and memorable evening,” said Elisabeth Marlowe from the English faculty.

The play included several highlights, one of which was the grand entrance of the fairy King Oberon. Pyrotechnics and a moving tree trunk caught the crowd’s attention as Oberon walked down a hidden staircase. Other impressive moments involved Puck’s quick, acrobatic-like movements and the background’s changing color that showed the passing of time.

Although the audience could be heard laughing throughout the entire performance, possibly the funniest moments of the play belonged to Nick Bottom, the most outspoken of the Athenian craftsmen. His dramatic personality and bold comments created a delightful character that helped balance the insecurities and woes of Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius, four young lovesick Athenians.

Humorously illustrating Lysander’s statement that “the course of true love never did run smooth,” A Midsummer Night’s Dream has become more than just a classic—it is now a new Fine Arts favorite for many.

* Oberon — Abran Miller (’09, MS ’11)
Puck — Amanda Gardner, junior performance studies major
Nick Bottom — Austin Gardner, graduate speech education major
Hermia — Hannah Johnston (’10, MS ’13)
Helena — Lauren Zacharias, graduate speech education major
Lysander — Joshua Hutt, junior performance studies major
Demetrius — Jeffrey Cannon, senior pre-medicine major

Published 5/12/2015