“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” comes to the
stage at VHS
By Benny Cox, Reporter
As the first semester at Vashon Island High School comes to an end, one thing that is not coming to an end is the play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The play is still going to happen, just slightly delayed.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a play that may stand out from other plays because it has interesting transformations and is fun to participate in, allowing people in the play to do whatever they want with the performance and are given a variety of different characters to act as.
“It’s meant to be fun. But it can change on a dime. It can be very touching in places,” director Andy James said.
People who participate in the performance get to act as different kinds of characters throughout the play, creating an interesting and unique experience.
“Anyone who participates in it is going to have a huge range of things to portray,” James said.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” also has many different variations and interpretations.
“There’s a version and it was on Broadway a few years ago that was done in a disco and there’s glitter and things. You could do whatever you want with it,” James said.
In addition to this performance on stage, there are also parts of the theater program that have been improved behind the scenes.
“Our costume room got a bit of TLC for the first time in several years and it’s so clean, it’s shocking,” performer Ari Officer said.
Up until even the ending of this play, the plot is meant to be fun for everyone involved, including the audience.
“[In] the ending, Robin Goodfellow steps out on stage and apologizes to the audience but [is] actually still just joking around,” Officer said.
Even if people do not like performing in front of a large group of people, just showing up for the play would mean a lot to the hard-working cast members.
“If you’re not in theater, come see the play!” Officer said
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is also a unique play as people are a part of one large play, but each character is uniquely different from the others and can sometimes come into conflict in funny ways.
“My favorite part of the play is during the play, a group of actors are trying to put on their own performance. I find that hilarious.],” senior Nathan Campbell said
Even if someone is not into theater, participating in other ways for this performance offer a great learning opportunity and a chance to meet new people.
“I think that students should join the play to have fun! I find acting to be a great time for me and I meet a lot of people doing it, though if people wish to contribute to the show in other ways, such as tech. That’s also very appreciated.” Campbell said
The theater is calling on support from the community, claiming anyone can be a huge help for this play by just showing up to watch the play or participating in other ways. “I’d love to see students help if they find the time and interest, whether that’s working with the Drama Club with advertising, makeup, lighting, or any of the things I mentioned previously. If that’s not the case, I’d try to find time to see the show, I’m sure it will be great!” Campbell said.
Auditions were January 25th, but the theater department is still welcoming backstage or tech help.