By Rachelle Hughes
Iron County Today
Groovy flower power takes over the stage for Canyon View High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” March 1,2,3, and 5.
Shakespeare lovers and audiences will be pleasantly surprised at the sophisticated grasp of Shakespeare’s language this cast of 50 high school students has as they bring one of the the Bard’s most well-loved comedies to life 1960s style.
Amongst a set of swings, vines and woody bowers accompanied by Beatles’ music, the classic tale unfolds: Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves
Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. As their soap opera takes place throughout the woods, two powerful woodland rulers are fighting, a mischievous Puck is creating romantic havoc and a group of hilarious actors are set to perform a play within the play,
The leads in the play are an impressive lineup from CVHS theatre veterans to first-timers to the stage. Sophomore Megan Baker as Puck, senior Riley Porter as Oberon, senior Madisen Kropf as Titania, senior Mitchell Wright as Lysander, senior Brynlee Bybee as Helena, sophomore Addy Wood as Hermia, sophomore Levi Saylor as Demetrius, and senior Jorjia Cook as Bottom. Each of these young thespians brings their own interpretation to these roles that have been played countless times and yet, they are still the familiar beloved Shakespeare characters.
When audiences watch this production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” they will meet a strong and smart Titania, a sweet Helena, a tortured Hermia, a charismatic Oberon. Bottom is perfectly over the top theatrical and Puck embraces a carefree flower power attitude. CVHS may have brought its “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” into a more current century but audiences will still recognize this fun and lovable play.
Canyon View High School is set to perform the show March 1, 2, 3, and 5 at 7 p.m. in the CVHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 general admission, $7 for reserved seating, and only $2 for CVHS student night on March 1. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from a cast member or online at: http://our.show/canyonviewhighschool/4518.