2019 Teen-ish Theater Workshop Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Live Arts Teen-ish Theater Workshop presents
William Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Directed by Claire Chandler

Presented by The Core Knowledge Foundation

The Core Knowledge Foundation is a Charlottesville-based non-profit educational organization dedicated to excellence and fairness in early education, providing free curriculum materials for teachers in grades K-8 on its website at CoreKnowledge.org

PERFORMANCES: Preview Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30 PM                                                                                          Performances Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 at 7:30 PM

Performances run about 70 minutes.

TICKETS: Tickets for the Wednesday preview performance are FREE!
For Thursday and Friday, tickets reserved online are $10, and tickets at the door are pay what you can.

To reserve tickets click here.

LOCATION: Performances take place in THE GIBSON THEATER at Live Arts, 123 East Water Street; the corner of 2nd SE and Water off the Downtown Mall

CAST: 

August Green ………………………………………… Speaker 1
Sophia Flanagan ……………………………………. Speaker 2
Mia Norton …………………………………………….. Speaker 3
Zoe Norton …………………………………………….. Theseus/Mustardseed
Reagan Daane ……………………………………….. Hippolyta/Moth
Zhivan Florence …………………………………….. Egeus/Philostrate
Sophie Elvgren ……………………………………….. Hermia
Lucy Shadel …………………………………………….. Helena
Caroline Govan ……………………………………… Lysander
Margaret Viccellio ………………………………… Demetrius
Murray Susen ………………………………………… Peter Quince
Jack Wielar …………………………………………….. Nick Bottom
Robert Stetkevych ………………………………… Francis Flute
Lux McGee ……………………………………………… Tom Snout
Jillian Pedone ………………………………………… Snug
Molly Hicks ……………………………………………. Robin Starveling
Lucia Hince ……………………………………………. Titania
Julia Singh ……………………………………………… Oberon
Charlie Dubendorfer …………………………… Puck
Schuyler Norton …………………………………… Peaseblossom
Maeve Chandler …………………………………… Cobweb

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PLAY
One of Shakespeare’s funniest comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a whirl of romantic mix-ups and mischievous magic.
In Athens, Duke Theseus is preparing for his wedding to Queen Hipployta, when an angry old man, Egeus, rushes in with his daughter, Hermia. Hermia wants to marry Lysander. But her father, Egeus, demands that she marry Demetrius. Egeus reminds the Duke of an old law that says that a daughter must marry the man her father chooses, or face terrible consequences.
Hermia and Lysander decide to run away from Athens. Hermia tells her best friend, Helena, about their plans. Helena is jealous—she wishes that Demetrius would love her, but he wants to marry Hermia.
When Hermia and Lysander run away into the woods, Demetrius chases after them, and Helena follows Demetrius. None of them knows that these woods are haunted by the fairies.
All is not well in fairy-land, because the fairy king, Oberon, is having a fierce argument with the fairy queen, Titania. Oberon—with the help of a mischievous hobgoblin called Puck—decides to play a trick on Titania. He has Puck bring him a magic flower. Oberon plans to squeeze the magical flower’s juice into Titania’s eyes, which will make her fall in love with the first thing she sees—whether a pig, a monkey, a donkey, or whatever!
In the woods, Oberon happens to see Demetrius being mean to Helena. Oberon decides to help Helena win Demetrius’s love. Oberon tells Puck to drop the magical flower juice in Demetrius’s eyes so that he will fall in love with Helena. But Puck mistakenly uses the flower on Lysander, who sees Helena and falls madly in love with her, forgetting all about Hermia, whom he is pledged to marry.
Later, trying to fix his mistake, Puck puts the magical flower juice in Demetrius’s eyes, as he was supposed to in the first place. Demetrius sees Helena and falls madly in love with her. Now, Demetrius and Lysander are both crazy for Helena—but she thinks they are playing a mean trick on her. Helena and Hermia get into a hair-pulling argument, while Demetrius and Lysander challenge each other to fight for Helena’s love.
In another part of the woods, a group of Athenian workmen are rehearsing a play that they want to perform as part of the festivities to celebrate the wedding of Duke Theseus and Queen Hipployta. Although they intend to perform a sorrowful tragedy, their acting skills (or lack thereof) turn it into a very silly comedy. While the workmen are rehearsing, Puck sees them—especially the loudest, hammiest actor of the group, Nick Bottom. For fun, Puck puts a donkey head on Bottom’s body. When his fellow workmen see Bottom, they run away in terror.
Nearby, the fairy queen, Titania, is sleeping, her eyes charmed by the magic flower juice. When she wakes, the first thing she sees is donkey-headed Bottom. She falls in love with him and takes him to her fairy bower, and commands her fairy followers to wait on his every need.
Will Titania be freed from the spell that has made her fall in love with a donkey-headed man?
Will Bottom get his human head back? 
Will the four young lovers stop fighting and have their senses and affections restored? 
Will the Athenian workmen ever get to perform their play?
(Hint—it’s a comedy, so things work out, with many many laughs along the way!)