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Midsummer Night's Dream Ends With a Proverbial Bang

May 2012

On Friday, April 13, the SAU Theatre Department had their final mainstage production of the season, and what better way to end the year with a bang, than with a popular Shakespeare comedy!

A Midsummer Night's Dream, a comedy full of fairies, mischief, handymen acting and lovers falling under spells, was met with positive reactions and applause on all three nights. Sophomore Molly Conrad and Junior Stephanie Seward were nominated for the KCACTF Irene Ryan Awards for their performances.

Director Daniel Rairdin-Hale '04 found a new approach to the classic play. He had all the actors portray themselves as theatre sprites who come out every night after the actors go home. The cast used what they found backstage to create a set, costumes and props to use throughout the show, like a plunger for a sword and painted fabric for trees. A lot of the show's aspects came from the rehearsal process and whatever occurred during that time. 

"I try to employ a different process to each of my projects; the process depends entirely on the show. The process is unique to the cast and designers involved. Every show is different!" Rairdin-Hale says. "I hope the audience went away with a smile, and a new or different appreciation for Shakespeare. My hope is that even if they didn't understand all of the language, that they still had fun, and might be interested in seeing more theatre in the future."

Congratulations to the whole cast and crew of A Midsummer Night's Dream on a fantastic show and wonderful experience!


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