At Hedgerow Theatre School, we put on a lot of musicals. In fact, you could even say that musicals are what the theatre school is known for. All year long, Hedgerow offers children’s performance classes that culminate in the performance of a musical. Some past favorites have been The Little Mermaid, High School Musical, Charlotte’s Web, and A Little Princess; however, this spring season, Hedgerow Theatre School is taking a different route. On June 4th, we are scheduled to perform one of Shakespeare’s classics – A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The show is directed by Penelope Reed, featuring music and choreography training brought in by outside artists. Hedgerow fellow Allison Bloechl even stepped in for a bit to help choreograph some stage combat. Our young actors have been working hard for ten weeks in order to hone their skills and really get the show ready to be performed. We look forward to getting to show off our creation in just a week.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of a variety of characters whose lives are brought together by outlandish circumstances. Titania and Oberon are Queen and King of the fairy kingdom and in addition to their usual royal tasks, they have been faced with an important predicament. The couple is engaged in a custody battle over a human boy who was put under their care after the death of his mother. Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, another family is dealing with its own familial problems. Theseus is the Duke of Athens, Greece, and Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, is his lover. Egea is Hermia’s father, and she wishes for her daughter to marry Demetrius. However, Hermia is in love with Lysander, and is fighting for the right to marry him instead. Hermia’s best friend Helena is in love with Demetrius. Things could seemingly work out between the couples, if only the boys could make up their minds about which girl they love. Unbeknownst to all of this, a group of obtuse actors are in the forest as well, preparing for the premiere of their play. The actors are under the leadership of Peter Quince, although outgoing diva Nick Bottom believes it should be otherwise. Due to his misbehavior, he comes in contact with fairy Puck and his henchmen, who are known for causing trouble. The three groups interact and interweave throughout the story, only complicating things further. Will the problems of the forest be resolved? Well, you’ll have to come see the show to find out!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed twice on June 4th, at 11 o’clock in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Tickets are $10 a person and can be bought online or at the door. Both performances are at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. Come out to support our show, and to experience the chaos between our cast of crazy characters!