CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream

The students are abuzz with excitement for CJ performing art’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare running this weekend, November 15, 16 and 17.

According to Emma Timmons ‘21, a cast member, “The whole play has three different plots going on. One is about four people in a love crisis, one is about how the fairy queen and king are causing global warming, and one is about a group of illiterate workers who want to put on a play. It's a lot of fun!”

Chloe Proffitt ‘21 is a main cast member. “It’s just really, really fun to watch,” she remarks.

“My experience has been really good so far,” says Mia Brown ‘21, who plays Hermia. “We have all worked really hard at our parts and I think it’s just been a good experience all around.”

The students and staff at CJ have worked arduously to produce this play.

Chloe Proffitt ‘21 adds, "I spent a lot of time personally on my character and a lot of other people have, too — and that really makes the play, it."

When asked about how she plays her character, Brown responded that she has to account for the fact that she and the other characters are not one-sided: “She goes from happy to confused to really angry to attacking someone, so it’s just about finding that route to take with Hermia.”

The cast has also taken new approaches to assessing Shakespeare’s language.

“The main goal of this production is to make Shakespeare’s words accessible,” asserts Director Mark Phillips. “A lot of times people are put off by his words because they’re hard to understand. So this is a great opportunity to go see Shakespeare and understand it.”

Phillips goes on to convey that each cast member spent time analyzing the lines of Shakespeare and understanding what he means with each word. They identified which poetic statements are the most necessary for the coherency of the plot and how to best portray these lines on stage before anything else.

When asked to describe the play, various students and staff gave responses:

“Glamorous,” says Proffitt.

According to Phillips, CJ’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream summed up in one word is, “accessible.”

In two, “magical and fun.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes the CJ stage Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10 and student tickets are $5. All tickets may be purchased at the door.

Written in collaboration with Cyrus Good ‘21.

Posted November 14, 2019