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DHS to present Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Nights Dream'

Puck is surrounded the the fairies in a rehearsal scene for "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The Dickinson High School Drama department will present its first play of the 2018-19 school year, with performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.

The play will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16, 17, and 18, with curtains of 7 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The play will be produced in the C. S. Risser Auditorium of Dickinson High School.

One of director’s favorite shows

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

This version was adapted from the original script by Michael Stevenson and Laurel Walker.   Although not missing a hilarious moment, this version better suits the comfort of the modern day attention span.

Stevenson said, “Miss Walker and I wrote this edition MANY years ago, for production  in Montana, it seems to be very well received. I used this script when I last produced this show in 2002 (I think).” He also added, “Since this will be my final season, with DHS, I wanted to revisit some of my favorite shows.”

Large and varied cast

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ has a large, varied cast.  Many old faces that we have seen grow in their craft, and many new faces, just starting their theatrical journey,” Stevenson said.

In the mortal world,  Kyle Schmidt and Cassidy Hughes will play Theseus, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta the Queen of the Amazons.

Their attendants are Greyson Kadrmas as Egeus, and Natalie Lopez as Philostrate.

The four young lovers are Heaven Pechtl, Morgan Kubischta, Kyler Smith and Isaac Mills.  Aiden Healy portrays Bottom the weaver, and the other members of the Mechanical gang are, Matthew Berglund, Gage Mills ,Cade Leach, Taddy Kuzinzwa, Yakira Johnson, Breanna knight,Oli Cruz and Jersey Roquet.

In the Fairy Realm, Parker Case-Roy is the infamous causer of mischief, Robin Goodfellow, or Puck.

The King and Queen of that land are Josh Hood, Tristen Krumwiedel and  Mackenzie Estes.

Ava Schneider, Abbigale Rattin, Mariam Stockert, Ayden Waldron, Allisyn Lucas, Samm Roth, Gracie Keller, and Franky Wyatt are the Royal Court of The Fairy realm.

Four of the cast’s seniors offered their insights into the play:

Matthew Berglund plays Peter Quince, a carpenter who is creating a play for the Duke and Duchess who are about to get married. He enjoys Shakespeare because, “It’s the fact that you can mold what is happening, you can mess with the stage directions.” He encourages everyone to attend, saying, “Because we’re the happiest Shakespearean bunch you’ll ever see!”

Kyler Smith, who plays Lysander, said his favorite part of Shakespeare is the liberty you have with actions and your character.

“As Lysander, you could make him evil, you could make him good or you could make him somewhere in between.”

Natalie Lopez said her character of Philostrate works for the royal family and is the person in charge of finding actors for the entertainment. The play was challenging, she said, because you’re trying to understand the emotions that Shakespeare was trying to portray with his words.

Heaven Pechtl , who is in love with Lysander, described the the challenges of the play. “It definitely has its ups and downs and it was hard to understand what I’m reading and how I’m going to act it out; other times, it can be a lot of fun.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is under the direction of Michael R. Stevenson, and assistant directed by Dallen Schutzler.  Nathan Amberg is building the set, and Costume World in Florida and Michael Stevenson are costuming the show.

There is no reserved seating for this production, all seats are general admission.