Poly's Middle School actors present A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in the Richard Perry Theatre at 7 PM.
The origins of A Midsummer Night’s Dreamdate somewhere between 1594-1596. This means that Shakespeare wrote it after Romeo & Juliet (but before he started working on The Merchant of Venice), so the sub-plot of “Pyramus and Thisby” was, undoubtedly, Shakespeare’s way of poking fun at his own work. The show has been produced all over the world in many different forms: as a play, as an opera, as a ballet, and perhaps most notably, Henry Purcell’s 1692 opera The Fairy Queen. Even during the Puritanical ban on drama in England from 1642-1660, many acrobatic acts, juggling acts, and droll troupes used the plot of Midsummeras the premise for their performances, which were still allowed. That it has stood the test of time all throughout the world and continues to be widely produced to this day speaks only to the sheer genius of the play. When I decided to produce Midsummeragain this year at Poly, I wanted to try fusing ballet into the production. I was thrilled to bring my friend and colleague, Dani Bensky, on board to help bring that magic to life.
I hope you have as much fun watching this classic as we did re-creating it.
Cast (In Order of Appearance) Alida Lissak: Theseus Anais D’Haene: Hippolyta Chantal Guthrie: Philostrate Nyla Liburd: Egeus Khari Freeman: Demetrius James Brandmeyer: Lysander Genevieve Fitzpatrick: Hermia Jennifer Lavagnino-Sisk: Helena JoJo Nicolois: Peter Quince Niko Menegatos: Nick Bottom Antonio DiNatale: Francis Flute Janelle Bobb: Robin Starveling Lea Glass: Tom Snout Fiona Stephenson: Snug the Joiner Selah Ilunga-Reed: Peaseblossom Nyla Liburd: Cobweb Chantal Guthrie: Moth Ella Lille Yerington: Mustardseed Marie Culmine & Maeve Igoe: Fairies Max Prutsalis: Puck MaKiyah Turner-Hicks: Oberon Katie Lopez: Titania
Summer Lee Jack: Costume Designer Brenna McShane: Assistant Costume Designer Junie Blaise & Kristine Tan Costume Crew Giulio Basilico, Abe Herzog, Owen Samra & Owen Ten-Oever: Run Crew William Howell: Sound Board Operator Cinthya Sanchez: Light Board Operator Mati Hassan: Poster Design/Program Cover Alexandra Nava-Baltimore: Cast Head Shots Photographer Guy Devyatkin: Show Photography Bob Burke: Show Videography Linda Busetti & William Rosario Publicity
Admission is a pay-what-you-will cash donation, collected at the door.
Proceeds benefit For Animals, a rescue group and shelter.