Connect A Midsummer Night’s Dream to fairytales.
In Midsummer, we have four lovers, Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, and Lysander. We also have the king and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Titania. In a way, Puck, a fairy who works for Oberon, is a villain, but she is misunderstood. Oberon tells her to put the love juice in the eyes of the man wearing Athenian clothing, but they are in Athens. Everyone is wearing Athenian clothing. Needless to say, she anoints the eyes of the wrong man. A huge conflict brews because of this misunderstanding. Fear not, because an antidote later remedies the situation and everyone loves the right people in the end.
This is similar to a fairytale, because it contains true love, misunderstandings, and comedy. There are many interwoven plots, motifs, and so many symbols. Each character is essential to driving the story along. The falcon scene in the play is when Puck mistaking Lysander for Demetrius anoints his eyes with the love potion. It might seem like a small and insignificant scene, but it sets everything askew, and the rest of the play is spent trying to remedy that mistake. There are many comedic elements in this play, including the subplot thread involving the laborers. They want to perform a play for the Duke of Athens’ wedding, but they too get wrapped into the magic and mayhem of the fairies. Magic is used several times in the play, to enchant flowers, remedy wrongs, control people, and to become invisible. There are many spells sung throughout the performance, mostly when the flowers are used. Singing adds another layer of magic and amazement to the show. When characters sing, you know something important is happening.
This play was an amazing experience to be a part of. I am so proud to be included in such a talented group of cast and crew. It was a magical, glitter-filled few months.