Thursday October 01, 2015
Gods mix with mortals, a feuding king and queen unleash magical practical jokes on one another, spells yield improbable love bonds, and a band of comical tradesmen wander into an enchanted wood to rehearse their play and are transformed in the most unlikely ways in Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring comedy. For the first time, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) is bringing Shakespeare to the stage when it presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream this January. In conjunction with the First Light Theatre Project, FHTMS’s fall play presents an opportunity for young actors, designers, and technicians to work with challenging material and learn new skills. Directors David Bailey and Jen Richter are supported by several South Burlington High School students – veterans of the FHTMS Drama Program - as well as a host of parents and other community members.
As of press time, the auditions were just completed but the cast list was not finalized. Over 50 students auditioned – a record for Tuttle’s fall play. Jen Richter feels that this indicates an excitement and interest for something like Shakespeare, which brings a different type of theatre to our school. This past summer, David Bailey adapted the script to include most of the original language with small changes to make it easier to understand.
So if you want to know where sayings like these come from: “The course of true love never did run smooth” or “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” - Mark January 8 and 9 on your calendar to see an amazing group of young people perform this timeless classic.