Answers to ‘Who Said It?’ quiz located at the bottom of story.

By Raleigh Norris, Anna Maria Gardiner and Hayley Younginer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream–the story of the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta, intertwined with the adventures of four Athenian lovers, six amateur actors, and magical fairies–is brought to life on Dutch Fork’s very own stage. 

The drama department decided roughly two months ago that A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be the first performance of the year. With a script full of rich Shakespearean language, several students were wary for the challenge.

“Since the play is Shakespearean, I was initially hesitant, but theatre is a challenge in itself, and I figured if I want to grow, I would have to challenge myself,” sophomore Amar Bains said. “There really wasn’t an option, I just had to do it.”

As the drama students dove into studying their scripts and started to get a feel for the popular Shakespearean story, they learned to love the unique style and hoped to have the same effect on the audience.

“I feel like they [the audience] might miss a lot of the funny stuff, like the smaller details, but as a big picture they’ll understand it,” senior Albert Green said. “I think they’ll really enjoy it.”

The play, performed four different times for a live audience, made a huge impression on spectators. With scenes that took place in the crowd, bright and colorful costumes, and a vibrant set display, members of the audience were not only entertained, but were able to follow the complex plot line.

“It wasn’t too difficult to follow along because the way they [the actors] acted it out clarified the basic plot,” senior Sydney Amodio said. “I loved the play and I was laughing non-stop. You could tell they put a lot of effort into it, and that definitely paid off.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was directed by drama teacher Jessica Fichter, who transferred from the middle school drama department this year. Fichter’s experience of leading drama at the middle school came in handy.

“Directing is very similar [compared to directing middle schoolers]. I think that the students are more advanced here, so I don’t have to do quite as much character development because they’re able to do it on their own,” Fichter said. “But again, the process is a very similar process whether you work with adults or little kids.”

The drama students have thoroughly enjoyed being under Fichter’s direction and feel as if her experience and style was a key factor to the play’s success.

“I believe that Mrs. Fichter has a gift for bringing the shows alive and making the audience laugh,” freshman Erin O’Connor said. “I really enjoy working with such a talented teacher and that really drove me to want to participate in the play.”

The roughly two hour long play with an intermission had action-filled scenes as well as several monologues. Fichter was pleased with the outcome of the performances and enjoyed seeing her students fall in love with the Shakespearean style of the play.

“It’s been really awesome to see them [the actors] handle the language and get a sense of the physical comedy,” Fichter said. “It’s been really cool to see them kinda say ‘Wow, Shakespeare is hilarious!’”

With A Midsummer Night’s Dream coming to a close, the students in the drama department are pleased with how the first play of the year turned out.

“We have been here for over two months working really hard, so it payed off and we had a lot of energy,” junior Sarah Emily Rish said. “It was very rewarding to see all of the play come together as a whole.”

 

Here are the answers to the ‘Who Said It?” Quiz found in our magazine!

  1. Theseus’ warning to Hermia of what could become of her if she doesn’t agree to marry the man her father has chosen for her. (A “barren sister” is a nun.)
  2. Theseus’ reminder to Hermia that here on earth married women are happier than unmarried ones.
  3. Lysander tells Hermia that they are not the only true lovers who have had troubles.
  1. Lysander describes to Hermia how quickly true love can be destroyed.
  2. Peter Quince’s description of Pyramus. (He is trying to persuade Bottom that only he can play the part of Pyramus.)
  3. A fairy’s answer to Puck’s question, “whither wander you?”

 

Thank you to the following website for providing the quotes and attributions for this quiz!

http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/dream/quotesdream.html