Photo by: Christina Turner
Each Sunday, Green College residents head up to the Great Hall to rehearse scenes under the directorial guidance of Jessica Rose, Christina Turner and Michelle Turner. Alana Boileau and Danny Bakan are collaborating to create a dance and musical score that will weave through the piece, turning Greenies into rhythmic Midsummer Fairies. The production team is designing a set that will transform the Great Hall into a world of royalty, magic and spectacle. Jessica, director extraordinaire, speaks of the rehearsal process: "I'm enjoying watching people play, explore and laugh! I'm having a blast."
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays -- a play that follows the antics of four young lovers, a troupe of actors and the fairy world they inhabit. Hermia is in love with Lysander, Lysander is in love with Hermia, Demetrius is also in love with Hermia and Helena is in love with Demetrius. You got that? When the lovers venture into the woods and into the world of sprites and trickery, let's just say that the characters change and grow in unexpected ways, much to an audience's delight.
Photo by: Christina Turner
Caroline, who plays Titania -- Queen of the Fairies -- speaks to the rehearsal process: "Clambering all over the dining room tables has been a transgressive dream of mine since I first arrived at Green, so it is immensely satisfying and tremendously fun to do so in rehearsal and to anticipate doing so in front of an audience in March!"
Marc Schutzbank, playing Oberon, elaborates: "Being part of the play forces us to be closer in ways that we don't often do. We connect our body to our mind as we dance and feel the lines out. It brings us closer as a community and helps us to trust one another in a way that is difficult to do only through discussion. It's not every day that you have a physicist and an urban farmer playing havoc on a bunch of educators, historians, geographers and computer scientists. (Well, I guess it isn't all that odd that we're wreaking havoc on the computer scientists!)"
And, of course, there are lines to be memorized. Marc continues: "I especially love when I'm heading to class as a Fairy King. I shout my lines in exaggerated tones down Main Mall -- I love watching the undergraduates scramble away!"
Photo by: Roli Wilhelm
Jessica is already looking ahead: "I'm looking forward to the whole thing coming together, and the alchemy that happens when the distinct little pieces fuse." You too will be able to see it all come together when the piece is performed at Green College, March 14th, 15th and 17th, 2012. Save the date!