Hercules High School’s theater is putting on its very first Shakespeare production, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
More than 60 students auditioned for parts from Aug. 30-31 and 35 of those students made it to callbacks, making it the largest play cast in HHS history.
Among the cast, lead roles include Lysander, played by senior Derrick Wallace, who is in love with Hermia, played by senior Tamia Hebb. The role of Demetrius will be played by junior Benjamin Garcia, and his lover, Helena, is played by junior Rosemary Anderson. Bottom is played by freshman Randell Ricasta and Puck is played by freshman Emilio Cuartero.
“Auditions went very well. I was surprised [by] how many people came and how quickly they memorized their lines. The language will definitely be a challenge this time,” Thrift said.
The show will open with a rock-and-roll performance, and then continue with the Duke of Athens, Theseus, as he prepares for his marriage to the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. In the meantime, Hermia is stuck between her own lover Lysander, and her father’s choice of husband, Demetrius. At the same time, the fairy king Oberon takes revenge on his wife Titania. After the lovers quarrel, they finally discover who their true lovers are.
Ultimately, although the characters in the play live in three different worlds, adjacent to each other, they do not interact with one another until the very end. From romantic, to humorous, to even fairytale-like, the tone of the play shifts with the characters’ actions.
“I’m hoping that the audience, especially the students, will get a chance to see Shakespeare in a new way. They can relate to it instead of thinking it is boring and uninteresting,” Anderson said.
The entire cast watched the film during their first rehearsal which began on Sept. 7. Construction and painting of the set has already begun.
Inevitably, the design of the production allows for creativity. The forest scenic designs along with each characters’ extravagant costume and makeup will work in tying the play together.
Show dates are from Nov. 17-20. Tickets will be sold at the cashier, $8 for students and $10 for adults.
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