The theater program gives a playful show


Lilly Santangelo-St. Martin

Junior Mathew Gonzalez kneels at the stages center. He played both Bottom and Pyramus.

After their opening night was pushed back two weeks, the cast and crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream had another chance to impress their audience, and they succeeded. 

The hard work and dedication to the roles became very clear throughout all acts. Seniors Cecilia Mouton and Adalia Rendon Rodriguez’s interpretations of Hermia and Irie performed were especially good examples, performing with passion and angst, they had the audience on the edge of their seats with anticipation. Their epic fight scene was a sight to see, and the choreography was unexpected, yet exciting. 

Hermia and Irie would be incomplete without Lysander and Demetrius played by junior Hayden Hardy and sophomore Rory Henderson. The chemistry of the lovers was entertaining to witness because of how well they sold their love for each other to the audience. 

Puck, played by senior Keegan Martin, brought the show to life with his unmatched energy. It was exciting to watch Martin jump and crawl around the stage, as the audience never knew what his next move was going to be. 

The Rude Mechanicals had the audience thrilled for the entire two hour duration of the show because of their interaction with the audience. Junior Mathew Gonzalez’s performance of both Bottom and Pyramus gave the show a type of hard to beat excitement. However, without the rest of The Rude Mechanicals, Gonzalez’s performance would feel incomplete.

Seniors Cecilia Mouton, Hermia, pummels Adalia Rendon Rodriguez, Irie. The two characters are a part of the play’s central love triangle. (Lilly Santangelo-St. Martin)

Although the actors are historically what makes a performance shine, the costumes and makeup helped bring the characters to life. The costumes mostly felt accurate for the time period. The earthy, moody colors of The Rude Mechanicals and the Plebeian Gallery’s costumes gave off an impoverished, lower-class appearance compared to the characters of The Royal Court and The Forest Royalty’s bright and vibrant colors. The sparkling, colorful makeup of the entire cast may not have drawn as much attention as the costumes, but it was definitely important to the show as a whole and was well done. 

The actors utilized the set and auditorium to tell their stories by opening and closing the curtains to show where the scene was taking place, either in a fairy world or outside of the reception of the lovers’ weddings. Lights and sound were an important part of the show as well, the changing colors of the lights made the show even more memorable. 

Near the end of the show, the music started playing and the whole ensemble ran up on stage to have a dance party. That moment was unexpected but a sweet way to end the show. 

After this success, the audience should be looking forward to seeing what else the theater program puts out during the rest of the year.