A Midsummer Night’s Dream, May 2022

This year we will be offering a special Spring Shakespeare! The play will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A synopsis according to the Folger Shakespeare Library:

In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, residents of Athens mix with fairies from a local forest, with comic results. In the city, Theseus, Duke of Athens, is to marry Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. Bottom the weaver and his friends rehearse in the woods a play they hope to stage for the wedding celebrations.

Four young Athenians are in a romantic tangle. Lysander and Demetrius love Hermia; she loves Lysander and her friend Helena loves Demetrius. Hermia’s father, Egeus, commands Hermia to marry Demetrius, and Theseus supports the father’s right. All four young Athenians end up in the woods, where Robin Goodfellow, who serves the fairy king Oberon, puts flower juice on the eyes of Lysander, and then Demetrius, unintentionally causing both to love Helena. Oberon, who is quarreling with his wife, Titania, uses the flower juice on her eyes. She falls in love with Bottom, who now, thanks to  Robin Goodfellow, wears  an ass’s head.

As the lovers sleep, Robin Goodfellow restores Lysander’s love for Hermia, so that now each young woman is matched with the man she loves. Oberon disenchants Titania and removes Bottom’s ass’s head. The two young couples join the royal couple in getting married, and Bottom rejoins his friends to perform the play.

Video monologue & Sign-up due March 11th

Complete this online audition form by Friday, March 11th.

Send a recorded video of a memorized one-minute Shakespearean monologue to BowmenTheatre (at) gmail.com with the subject line “First Name Last Name Play Audition” no later than 11:59pm Friday, March 11th.

Cast is limited to no more than 18 actors.

Callbacks by invitation only March 15th, 3:30-5:30

Students will be notified if they need to attend the callbacks. In order to ensure a smooth and timely callback session, we will use the recorded videos to determine which parts each student will read for at callbacks.

At callbacks students will be given small sections of the script to read together, so the directors can decide who is going to be each character.

Rehearsals and Production Week 

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:30. March 31-April 21. No more than one absence allowed.

Break for High School Musical

Monday-Thursday 5/2-5/12, 3:30-5:30. No more than one absence allowed.

Tech Week will be May 16-22, 5:00-10:00. No absence allowed.

Performances will be May 20-22, 2022.