NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Department of Theatre at Smith College will perform William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Dec. 5–8. The play is produced by students in Daniel Kramer's class on acting Shakespeare and includes a cast of 11 female actors.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" takes place overnight in a magical forest where impish fairies, lovesick youths and clumsy commoners cross paths. The student-made set brings the whimsical forest to life with its darkened corners and backdrop made of chain link fence decorated with vine-like swirls sculpted from wire.
The production also features costumes designed by students. Gayelan Tietje-Ulrich plays Titania while wearing an ivory lace dress and a pastel pink feather boa. Her ensemble reflects the fairy queen's airy nature. Carissa Dagenais plays Puck, the free-spirited fairy whose mischief drives the plot. She dons a playful red and white checkered cape reminiscent of summer picnics.
"In the winter I could use some summer," explained Kramer. He chose "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to deliver a taste of summer to an audience anticipating another snowy New England winter. Also, the play lacks a clear protagonist, which gives every actor the chance to inhabit a key role.
This production of Shakespeare's timeless work stimulates the imagination with a farce about magic, love and the relationship between dreams and reality. It promises to bring laughter and entertainment to people of all ages and interests.
Performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" run from Dec. 5–Dec. 8 in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre at Smith College's Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. To order tickets, or for more information about the show, contact Smith College's Department of Performing Arts at (413) 585–2787 or visit their website.