A Shakespeare night’s dream
William Shakespeare hasn’t been answering his mail for about the last 400 years.
A dozen RHS drama students staged the classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream for students twice on Friday, then did it again Saturday at Caldwell High School in UIL competition.
Tyler King was named to the all-star cast and Lane Schweitzer and Trevor Hurtig were honorable mention all-star cast selections.
Briana Wieczorek, RHS stage manager, was named to the allstar crew.
Navasota and La Grange advanced to regional.
In fact it has three plots.
• The royal wedding of the Duke of Athens to the queen of the Amazons.
• A feud between the king of the fairies, Oberon, and his queen, Titania.
• The antics of six comedyrelief townspeople, known to English classes as the “mechanicals” or “rustics” who attempt to provide a play of their own as entertainment for the duke’s wedding.
In fact, the plot involving the duke’s wedding and all its intrigues, has to be deleted from the play to pare it down to under 40 minutes and meet requirements for one-act play competition.
There’s still plenty of plot and humor, much of it provided by the rustics who stumble through the tragedy of Pyramis and Thisbe in slapstick fashion— the deceased Pyramis has to hand Thisbe his sword at one point—and end up presenting it as comedy.