This week, The La Canada Playhouse took the LCHS community on a whimsical jaunt through an enchanted forest with their delightful production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
As summed up by the show’s producer and director, Mr. Justin Eick, “Written over 400 years ago, Midsummer continues to be one of Shakespeare’s most widely produced works with its hilarious tale of mismatched lovers, a band of fairies, and a bumbling tailor named Nick Bottom. Undoubtedly the Bard's funniest comedy, this show is the perfect way to introduce your family to the world of Shakespeare.” Mr. Eick paid close attention to the details of the set, costumes, and language, modeling the entire production after traditional Elizabethan theatre.
“Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour draws on apace.”
The play opens with Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, discussing their upcoming wedding and being interrupted to hear the plight of Lysander of Hermia.
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
The story features a total of four young lovers. Lysander and Hermia run into the woods to leave Athens and be wed, but they are pursued by Demetrius, who has decided to marry Hermia himself, and who is being chased by a spirited and determined Helena.
“I hope here is a play fitted.”
In addition to the lovers, there is an assembly of tradesman, who have entered the woods in order to rehearse a play in celebration of the royal wedding. The rather inexperienced and clumsy performers do their very best to deliver an unforgettable performance of “The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe.”
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
While in the woods, both the lovers and the tradesman unknowingly become pawns in a feud between Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, and are subjected to the antics of Puck, Oberon’s most mischievous fairy. Over the course of one night, mayhem ensues, quarrels are fought, love is lost and won, and all is mended before dawn.
Everyone involved, from the lead characters to the supporting cast to the dedicated and skillful crew, worked together to create a wonderful production that generated much laughter and applause from the audience.