Archive for Wednesday, April 22, 2009

De Soto High School students to present Shakespeare comedy

Hannah Smith (left), as the fairly queen Titania with the help of fairies strokes the ears, face and ego of Nick Bottom (Clinton Kyle), transformed into an ass by fairy king Oberon to be the object of his wife’s affections while under the spell of a magician flower.

Hannah Smith (left), as the fairly queen Titania with the help of fairies strokes the ears, face and ego of Nick Bottom (Clinton Kyle), transformed into an ass by fairy king Oberon to be the object of his wife’s affections while under the spell of a magician flower.

April 22, 2009

The curtain opens Thursday night for De Soto High School’s spring play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

As one of Willaim Shakespeare’s most renowned comedies “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was, at times, challenging for the cast.

Becca James, senior, plays Helena, one of the lovers. James said at times the language proved problematic.

“For a while you didn’t know what you were saying,” she said.

This is the first time in more than four years the school has put on a Shakespearean play, said Patrick King, senior.

“This is the first one during our four years,” he said.

To help with the difficulties, students received scripts more than three months ago.

“We got our scripts back in December,” Becca said.

McKenzie Thompson, senior, said despite the challenges with language “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was a really interesting comedy.

“It’s pretty devious,” she said. “There is fighting, love, every kind of emotion you can think of. It’s a bit darker.”

Patrick said the set was very intricate.

“It’s one of the most intriguing sets I’ve ever seen,” he said. “People should be ready to see something we haven’t done in a while.”

Becca said the play was different than anything the cast had done in the past.

“We get to fight and it’s really interesting,” she said.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is about the adventures of four young lovers and their interactions with the Duke and Duchess of Athens and with the fairies who inhabit a nearby magical forest.

The cast held a performance Tuesday evening for the De Soto Silver Cats.

“It’s a performance but we look at it like a last rehearsal, as well,” Patrick said.

Typically, the spring show runs for three night but this year the play will only show at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

“Usually we have a show on Saturday, but because of state band and music a lot of the cast will be gone,” Becca said.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the De Soto High School auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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