The College of Fine Arts and Communication debuts the Shakespearean comedy ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
This play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies where four lovers are in the woods whilst the king and queen of the fairies are fighting. There is also a company of actors, the Mechanicals, who are rehearsing a play for the upcoming nuptials for Thesues, the Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta.
Stephen Campbell, senior musical theatre major, plays both Oberon and Theseus in the play.
”I use the concept of table work by analyzing the script and reading into your character’s skeleton to understand how they would think and act so you can bring it to life in the space,” Campbell said. ”Personally, I like to think of more creative angles to come at the characters too outside of rehearsal time. The past couple of weeks I have been making playlists for each of the characters of songs that I think represent them.”
After eight weeks of rehearsal, opening night is approaching fast. The set is being made and the costumes fitted.
”It’s kind of scary to put yourself out there in a world you’re not quiet sure what the limits are and to have something so fantastical make sense to an audience,” Silvia Bond, senior musical theatre major, said. ”Every time we walk into a room we have to be prepared to risk everything.”
In regards to this play especially, there are more challenges that arise when connecting with the audience.
”I play Nick Bottom from the Mechanicals and the magnificent challenge of classical work is how different the language is from everyday speech. When all is said and done, it can be pretty powerful to see these characters having similar experiences that people still have today,” Brandon Bogenschutz, a senior musical theatre major, said.
Bond said Shakespeare gives great material to work with but to keep it real for the audience they have thrown in different takes on what he might have originally thought.
”I get the fun challenge of being two characters, Titania and Hippolyta, and figuring out what I have to do for Titania who is this wild fairy queen and Hippolyta who is more regal and duchess like,” Bond said.
The play will take stage at the Jenkins Theatre in the Noel Arts Center beginning March 4 to March 5 and then again March 10 to March 12.
Tickets are $21 for adults, $20 for seniors, $16 for youth and $4.50 for students with University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point ID. Tickets are available at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets Office, located in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, or by reserving them online through the Information and Tickets Office.