Director’s Note Spring 2016
By Elizabeth Cantrall
Perform It! found ourselves facing many new challenges as an organization this year; one such challenge was the need for a new venue. Fortunately, as is often the case, the trial became an opportunity. Thanks to a conversation with my daughter, Taylor, I began envisioning a space where we could turn the production into an “experience” for the audience and a “lesson” for the actors.
When Perform It! was fortunate enough to book the Great Hall as our venue, I knew with the help of our amazing set designers Tammy and Tabitha Hale, we could bring the Shakespearean experience of theatre in the round to life. I also knew we could take it a step further and create the set throughout the room enveloping the audience in the show itself.
Once again this group of incredible thespians rises to the challenge of bringing Shakespeare’s most be-loved comedies to life. A Midsummer Night’s Dream mostly takes place in a forest outside of Athens where the Elvin King Oberon is caught in a battle of wills with his Fairy Queen Titania, but Oberon has enlisted the help of his Pucks (this adaptation has two Pucks) and an herbal potion to outwit his beloved Titania.
Four young Athenians, however, also enter the wood; each searching for love, but thanks to the Pucks and a wonderful mix-up they too fall prey to Oberon’s potion and confusion ensues! Meanwhile, a group of common and dimwitted laborers strive to present a play in honor of Duke Theseus and Queen Hippolyta’s upcoming nuptials in Athens. As the group rehearses in the wood, their over enthusiastic member, Nick Bottom, also falls victim to a prank played by the Pucks and he becomes the ass of Titania’s eye.
Perform It! Young People’s Stage Company presents this comedy with music, dancing, costumes, and scenery that will delight audiences of all ages.
I am immensely grateful for our board of directors and the support they have provided me in this endeavor. We have worked together to face down each new test and make this vision into a reality.
Additionally, I am blessed beyond words to work with this amazing group of young people. These students with their trust, work ethic, talent, and love for not only acting, but for each other, make my job incredibly rewarding. It is thrilling to watch how they have each risen to the task set before them and have all grown through the process.
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