A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by Jessica Leiva

A Midnight Summer’s Dream is a comedic play containing multiple subplots.  The  play’s main subplot involves the four lovers; Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, and Lysander.  The characters run away into the woods and encounter a few mischievous faires.

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This year Stage Door 22 thought Shakespeare was the way to go with Methuen High’s 2022 fall play.  The showtimes/dates were Thursday December 1st at 7:00PM, Friday December 2 at 7:00PM, and Saturday December 3 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM.  All shows were in the auditorium at Methuen High School.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the first Shakespeare play Ms. Walsh, Ms. Varasconi, and Stage Door staff, have put on. But, credit for the lead roles; Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, and Lysander, go to; (in order) Seniors Ella MacLaren, Jenevieve Young, Brandon Bui, and Junior Riley Lyons.  

Though the plot is confusing, the story is very investing.  Especially with Set Crew’s amazing job recreating Athens and the forest.  But, the lowering, vine and flower covered, swing and a hand made paper mache tree tied for first place in my opinion.  The tree went through many trial and era phases but I think the final product brought everything on stage together.  And, who could forget the beautiful hanging swing.  The swing used in A Midsummer Night’s Dream added so much to every scene it was in. 

So far all I’ve heard from students and locals that have seen/saw the production is positive feedback.  

“I thought it was really good!” Student, Olivia Clark, stated. “It was really funny.  It was also very accurate to the book.”  Olivia attended the December 2nd show, and as the quote proves, she enjoyed the production.  

“It was really good.  It’s so Impressive how you guys did that by yourselves.” A local that attended the December 3rd show said

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