PHS play happening March 1
Seven fairies, six simpletons, a pair of royal newlyweds and four nobles in a complex and enchanted love triangle, all played by the Polson High School student body, are set to put on their production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in less than two weeks – opening night is March 1.
For four dollar admission, anyone can come watch the show in the Polson High School auditorium at 6:30pm on March 1 and 2. There will also be a dress rehearsal during the school day on March 1 for the sophomores, who are reading the original play in class, to come watch the first few scenes of the school production. It is currently estimated that the sophomores will be released during period 5 or 6 in order to watch the play.
“We don’t want them to see the whole thing,” said Cameron Ball, director, “We want them to come back again.”
Students were expected to be off-book by Thursday, February 14, just two weeks after the first practice! The first full run through of the play was held Wednesday, February 20.
“Lines are what they are.” claimed Mrs. Anderson, teacher advisor. But both Cameron and Mrs. Anderson say that the play is mostly on schedule, and they expect it to “miraculously come together” in the end.
“It always does” an optimistic Mrs. Anderson affirms. Even with 6 character drops so far, including 1 lead, whose replacement is expected to learn over 200 lines in 10 days, the entire crew looks positively to the night of the production.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a story that takes place over one night, and shows the complex love triangle among four main characters, Lysander (played by Mackauly Morrison), Helena (played by Kyra Spencer), Hermia (played by Reagan McDermott) and Demetrius (played by Jarius Smith). To add to the complexity, Hermia has very opinionated and disapproving parents, “All the while … the simpleton’s want to do a play for Theseus’s (Calvin Nowlen) wedding” states Cameron. Mrs. Anderson says the play has some “modern flavor” even as a Shakespearean work.
“I have faith. The students usually pull it off” concluded Mrs. Anderson.