“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an adventure filled with confusion, laughter, and love
Posted on 06/05/2019
Cast and crew of GFHS's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is full of love, joy, mischief, and laughter proving his quote saying that, “the course of true love never did run smooth.” Gar-Field High School presented this classic play as their spring production, enthusiastically bringing these well-known characters and story to life.

Theseus (Naclareo Pierce-Baldwin), the Duke of Athens, is preparing for his marriage to Hippolyta (Aubrey Venteicher-Schulman), the Queen of the Amazons. Egeus (Semir Grljevic) seeks the Duke’s intervention. His daughter, Hermia (Maggie Lacasse), will not agree to his choice for her husband, Demetrius (Brandon Benitiz Quevedo), because she is in love with Lysander (Isaac Wong). The Duke tells Hermia to obey her father. If she does not, her choices are to die or accept a life as a nun in Diana’s temple. Lysander and Hermia plan to elope, and they tell Hermia’s best friend Helena (Evelyn Martinez Cordova). Helena, who is in love with Demetrius, informs him that Hermia and Lysander have run off to the woods to elope. Demetrius chases after the two of them, and Helena follows after Demetrius.

After a quarrel with his queen Titania (Jaylah Davis), the king of the fairies, Oberon (Sekou Camara), overhears Helena and Demetrius arguing in the wood. Oberon sends his servant, Puck (Eli Adams), to get a flower whose juice has the power to make people fall in love with the first creature they see when the juice is placed on their eyelids while asleep. He instructs Puck to put some drops on Demetrius’ eyes. Mistaking the young man he seeks, Puck puts the flower juice on the eyes of the sleeping Lysander so that when he is woken by Helena he immediately falls in love with her and rejects Hermia.

A group of rustic performers enters the woods to rehearse a play about the tragic love-story of Pyramus and Thisbe to perform at Theseus’ wedding. Bottom (Jacob Drayton), the weaver, is to play the lover, Pyramus, while Flute (Hans Roles), the bellows-mender, is to play Thisbe. Snout (Anujin Ganzorig) is assigned to play the Moon, Robin Starveling (Yina Botero) to play the Wall, Snug the joiner (Daniel Munoz) the role of the Lion, and they are directed by Quince (Thai Copeland), the carpenter. Puck overhears their rehearsals in the wood and decides to play a trick on them - giving Bottom a donkey’s head which frightens the others away. Bottom is then lured toward the sleeping Titania whom Oberon has treated with the flower juice. Upon waking, she falls in love with Bottom and entertains him with her fairies. When Bottom falls asleep beside her, Oberon restores Titania’s sight and wakes her. She is appalled at the sight of what she had been in love with and reunites with Oberon. Puck removes the donkey’s head from Bottom and returns him to his friends to perform their play.

Meanwhile the four lovers’ arguments tire them out as they chase one another through the woods. When Demetrius rests, Oberon puts the magic juice on his eyes so that he will fall in love with Helena, as he originally intended. Puck puts the cure on Lysander’s eyes before the lovers are woken by Theseus and Hippolyta and their dawn hunting party. Happily, reunited to each other, Lysander with Hermia, Demetrius with Helena, they agree to share the Duke’s wedding day. The rustic players perform Pyramus and Thisbe for Theseus. After the performance and wedding, the three couples retire. Puck and some fairies enter to bless the palace and its people at the end of the show.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Standout:
This production was a thoroughly enjoyable production of this Shakespeare classic. The rustic performers were the highlight of this imaginative and fun production. These students worked together seamlessly as a solid unit of performers, bringing the perfect level of comic relief throughout this show. From their first entrance standing in a line, holding hands, and doing a choreographed silly walk, to the over-the-top campiness of their performance of Pyramus and Thisbe, they kept the audience laughing and entertained.