Don’t Miss A Midsummer Night’s Dream

As the Western Reserve Academy school year comes to a close, so does the 2021-2022 performing arts season. WRA’s previous concerts, musicals, and plays have been nothing short of extraordinary, thanks to the true dedication and passion shown by the performing arts department. This upcoming weekend, the comedic A Midsummer Night’s Dream will return to the KFAC stage. This Shakespearean work is an enthralling tale of romance and magic and will surely captivate its audiences.

The complex and intriguing plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream truly makes it memorable. From love and betrayal, to fairies and magic, there is never a dull moment in this iconic piece full of comedic performances. The translations are gracefully spoken and easy to follow, as the talented actors and dancers keep the show moving with enthusiastic recitations and impressive visuals. The production of this play creates fond memories both on and off the stage. 

According to cast members, the large, diverse cast and integration of personalities has created a unique and enjoyable behind-the-scenes experience. Alex Newman ’24, who plays the role of Helena, commented that, “the play is a fabulous experience with a fabulous cast and crew” and remarked that she’ll miss the special bonds she shares with graduating seniors in future productions. Senior cast member and seasoned performer Gunnar Gray, who plays Nick Bottom, discussed the variety of WRA’s performances this year and noted the major differences between memorizing lines for the Winter play, Neil Simon’s Rumors, compared to the old-English verse of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Many cast and crew members agree that the process has been extensive but ultimately rewarding. Gunnar also remarked that “It has been a long process, but we are ready and excited. It’s my final show here at Reserve, and I can’t wait to show it to the community.”

Along with the actors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream would not be possible without the contributions of outstanding artistic directors, costume designers and stage crew. A student in Mrs. Parker-Mittal’s costume design class, who created many costumes for the show, recalled that, “Mrs. Mittal and Mrs. Ong have clear visions of what everything should look like, and they assign us different aspects to complete that larger vision. There are plenty of small things we have to do for each costume like surging, cutting the pattern pieces and making adjustments which can lengthen the process.” Apart from designing costumes, Mrs. Ong has worked hard to coach the actors while Mrs. Anzaldi works with dancers to bring the production together. 

All in all, the premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is not an event to miss, and if you are not already a Shakespeare lover, it will surely turn you into one. 

-Annie Cui ’22

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