Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by Champions of Odyssey

How to incorporate Shakespeare into any school year:

Being that we are in our School of Athens component, our kids performed A Midsummer Night's Dream, which takes place during a Greek period in Athens and uses Greek mythology throughout.

Here is our short version:

Hermia and Lysander are in love, but Hermia's father commands her to marry Demetrius or die. Hence,  Hermia and Lysander plot to run away.  They share the plan with Helena, a good friend, who is in love with Demetrius, though he loves her not.

Meanwhile in the forest, Oberon, the fairy king, cannot get what he wants from Titiania, the fairy queen; so he convinces Puck to play a trick on her with the juice from a flower that will cause her to love the first thing she sees upon waking.

At the same time, several characters are practicing for a play to perform for the Duke and Duchess on their wedding night, and they are in the same area where the two young couples from the first act are sleeping.

Puck and Oberon mix up the flower juice scheme so badly that when Demetrius wakes, he is in love with Helena, and now Lysander is in love with Helena, too.  In addition, while the players are practicing the play for the Duke and Duchess, Puck causes Bottom's head to resemble that of a donkey face, in time for Titiania to wake and fall in love with him.

But it is time to fix the mess, and Puck and Oberon rearrange the young couples so that Lysander will love Hermia again, and only Demetrius will be in love with Helena; this is the only way the Duke will allow Hermia to marry Lysander.

Oberon also reverses the spell on Titiania, and Bottom loses the donkey head.  It seems as if it was all just a peculiar dream.

Finally, the young couples are together watching the play, Pyramus and Thisby, with its tragic ending, and Puck delivers his monologue to end the entire play.

The End

I do hope it all makes sense.

P.S. This video is only of the dress rehearsal.  You'll want to click on the YouTube icon in the lower right hand corner of the video and watch it via YouTube so that the image is larger!


Sharon Henning said...

I saw a production of Midsummer's Night Dream in Montgomery AL. It was so funny my face hurt afterward from laughing.
How wonderful that these young people are acting it out. Fantastic!

Ruth said...

Thanks! It is hysterical, and is a fun play to perform.