Cast gets ready for 'Midsummer Nights'

By Sarah Winters
H&T Staff Writer
Story published: 04-05-2005 - Herald & Tribune

With the scenery in place, the stage is starting to look ready for the play.

In preparation since early February, the Milligan College students who make up the cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” have been working hard to perfect this Shakespeare classic.

Now, in the final days of rehearsal with performances scheduled to open Wednesday, April 6, they’re struggling to get it just right.

“Say that line with more anger,” Director Richard Major instructed one actor during a recent rehearsal, “… let the audience know you really hate her.”

 Later, Major had words of praise for the cast – “Yes, that’s it, that’s good.” – when students expressed their lines with more feeling.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Shakespearean romantic comedy.  The theme of the play focuses on love and human emotion, and peoples’ perceptions of reality.  The main plot centers around four lovers – “Lysander,” played by Robert Kitchens, from Elizabethton; “Hermia,” played by Gigi Urgo, from Indiana; “Helena,” played by Crystal Van Meter, from Indiana; and “Demetrius,” played by Aaron Huddleston, from Indiana.

Although the story is full of complicated characters, here is the short version of events as broken down by the cast:  Suitors Lysander and Demetrius are both in love with Hermia.  Hermia’s father wants her to marry Demetrius, but she loves Lysander; so they decide to run away together to the enchanted woods.  Helena is in love with Demetrius, but he does not love her in return.  “Oberon,”played by Andy Frost, from Johnson City, is King of the Fairies, who reside in the enchanted woods.  In order to help Helena earn the love of Demetrius, Oberon instructs his fairy servant “Puck,” played by Amanda Green, from Bristol, to put the juice of a magic plant, on

Demetrius.  The plant, called “love-in-idleness,” has the ability to make any person fall in love with the next creature he or she sees.  While Lysander is sleeping, Puck believes he is Demetrius, and puts the juice on him by mistake.  Lysander awakens to see not Hermia, whom he already loves, but Helena, and he immediately falls in love with her… Things become more complicated after that, but you will have to see the show to find out the ending.

“Get your tickets soon,” Kitchens (Lysander) encouraged.  “Every seat is a good seat.”

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