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A Shakespeare night’s dream

Bard on the boards for one-act play


From left, Lane Schweitzer (Francis Flute, portraying Thisbe), Melinda Perez (Tom Snout, portraying a wall) and Tyler King (Nick Bottom, portraying Pyramus) meet in the play within a play. 
Reporter/Mike Brown From left, Lane Schweitzer (Francis Flute, portraying Thisbe), Melinda Perez (Tom Snout, portraying a wall) and Tyler King (Nick Bottom, portraying Pyramus) meet in the play within a play. Reporter/Mike Brown If delighted play-goers who saw Rockdale High School’s entry in the District 23AAA one-act play contest last week had a little trouble following the plot, they couldn’t take it up with the author.

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.


Melinda Perez tries to understand ‘director’ Douglas Mauldin as Peter Quince. Melinda Perez tries to understand ‘director’ Douglas Mauldin as Peter Quince. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most light-hearted and, at the same time, has a plot that’s fairly complicated.

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.



Tyler King and Andey Perez, as Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies. Tyler King and Andey Perez, as Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies.

Seated (L-R) director Jamie Streck and stage manager Briana Wieczorek; standing Melissa Catching (lights) and Dawnice Estes (sound). Wieczorek was named to all-star crew. Seated (L-R) director Jamie Streck and stage manager Briana Wieczorek; standing Melissa Catching (lights) and Dawnice Estes (sound). Wieczorek was named to all-star crew.

At left, Michael Fischer as Robin Starveling who plays ‘Moonshine,’ and drinks the same, and Hugo Ayala as Puck who provides much of the mischief. At left, Michael Fischer as Robin Starveling who plays ‘Moonshine,’ and drinks the same, and Hugo Ayala as Puck who provides much of the mischief.

The full cast takes a bow (L-R), Luis Vasquez, Michael Fischer, Douglas Mauldin, Allison Weaver, Hugo Ayala, Lane Schweitzer, Trevor Hurtig, Andey Perez, Melanie Herrera-Ibarra, Nicole McIrvin, Melinda Perez and Tyler King. The full cast takes a bow (L-R), Luis Vasquez, Michael Fischer, Douglas Mauldin, Allison Weaver, Hugo Ayala, Lane Schweitzer, Trevor Hurtig, Andey Perez, Melanie Herrera-Ibarra, Nicole McIrvin, Melinda Perez and Tyler King.

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