“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to be staged April 27-29

Posted April 3, 2017

A Midsummer Nights Dream will be presented by The Webb Company Players on April 27, 28 and 29 on The Webb School chapel stage. The production at 7 each night will feature Middle School and High School students. The play is open to the public. The admission is $10, with tickets sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 931-389-5703. Faculty, staff and students will be admitted at no charge.

The Royal Shakespeare Company website notes that A Midsummer Nights Dream is “a story of order and disorder, reality and appearance and love and marriage. Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, are to be married and great celebrations are planned.

“Egeus brings rebellious daughter Hermia in front of the Duke. Egeus wants her to marry Demetrius but Hermia refuses, because she's in love with Lysander. The Duke orders Hermia to obey or, according to Athenian law, she must face a death penalty or enter a convent. Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night. They confide in their friend Helena. However, she's secretly in love with Demetrius so, hoping to win his affection, she tells him of Hermia's plan. That night, all four lovers set out into the forest. Meanwhile, a group of Athenian tradesmen (known as the Mechanicals), led by Peter Quince, are planning to perform a play in celebration of the Duke's wedding. They rehearse The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe in the same forest.

“Elsewhere in the forest, the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, argue over Titania's refusal to give up her Indian page-boy to Oberon. He sends his servant Puck to find a magic plant to cast a spell on Titania. The juice of the plant, when squeezed onto the eyes of someone asleep, causes them to fall in love with the first creature they see when they wake up. Oberon uses the juice on Titania as she sleeps in her bower. Puck overhears the tradesmen rehearsing and magically transforms Bottom's head into that of an ass. The other men are terrified and flee the forest. When Titania wakes, the first creature she sees is Bottom, and she falls rapturously in love with him. Helena chases Demetrius in the forest and their fighting disturbs Oberon. He tells Puck to use the magic plant on Demetrius too, so that he will fall in love with Helena. However Puck muddles up the two Athenian men and uses it on Lysander instead, who promptly falls in love with Helena. Both women are confused, and Hermia furiously attacks her friend.”

“Join us to watch the hilarious resolution in this Shakespeare comedy via the devices of a Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona and the magic dose of Alls Well That Ends Well,” said Ruth Cordell, director. “Lane Davies has choreographed the very funny ‘lovers’ brawl’ and the antics of the Rustics that were favorites in the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival’s A Midsummer Nights Dream.”

The cast includes:
The Royals - Duke Theseus of Athens, Alex Hurley; Hippolyta Queen of the Amazon, Beyza Baykan; Philostrate/master of revels, Mackenzie McKillip; Egea, mother to Hermia, Annie Zhou; Lovers - Hermia, Amy Chen; Helena, Aubrey Speer; Lysander, Kane Edwards; Demetrius, Ming Zhong; The Rustics of Rude Mechanicals - Quince, a carpenter (director), Doobee Tarhule; Snug, a joiner (lion), Trey Snell; Bottom, the weaver (horse), Connor Anderson; Snout, tinker (wall), Andrey Shults; Starvling, tailor, (moon), Dacey Goodwin; Flute, bellows mender (Thisbe), Jesse Joslin /Alternate Will Spalding; The Fairy Band - Oberon, King, Rohan Kaza; Titania, Queen, Rali Stoimenova; Puck, or Robin Goodfellow, Lucas Wiesemann; Indian 1st Attendant to Titania, Jhansi Kolli; Indian Boy, Lily Harris; Peaseblossom, Bailey Brock; Cobweb, Avery Peterson; Moth, Beyza Baykan; Mustardseed, Scarlett Liu; Attendant Fairies to Titania, Beyza Baykan and Alice Lin; Official 1st Fairy, Emma Petersen; and Fairy Henchman Attendant to Oberon, Alex Hurley.

Technical director is Ralph Jones. The tech crew includes: Chloe Blansett, Wilson Fennell, Collin Jones, Ella Harris, Dayton Hasty, Charlotte Hedley, Siree McRady (choreographer for Fairies), Kelty Shroyer, and Chris Watts*(denotes senior).

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