By Patrick Panarese ‘24

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a compelling story about a man and a woman trying to marry, but are forced to marry to certain people.

This play was written and composed by none other than William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is known for his creative storytelling by using difficult language and meticulous blocking for actors. From a director’s perspective, it is hard to produce this show because you need talented actors, crew members, and advanced equipment to run it.

Director Ms. Julie McKee and Mother McAuley’s Thespians decided to take matters into their own hands and try to create an exciting and thrilling show.

For the show, the crew wanted to build a super realistic set for the spring play, and they made one of their biggest sets ever for a spring show. Junior Rylee Heeter, assistant stage manager, was very involved with building this whimsical forest set.

Heeter said, “We really wanted the set to have a whimsical garden vibe, so we wanted to build something that looked very natural and hilly, almost like it was growing out from the stage. We primarily used paper, fake grass, flowers, and vines to make the set look as realistic as possible. You really had to trust the process when building the set, but it really came together in the last week before the show.”

This show, from an acting standpoint, is also very meticulous and tedious. It requires multiple hours of memorizing lines and monologues. If you mess up a word or sentence, it can throw off all of your peers. Then it makes it difficult to figure out what you missed. Someone who did an excellent job of memorizing her lines and knowing other people’s lines is senior Claire McLaughlin, who played Nick Bottom.

McLaughlin said, “It was a unique challenge that was very rewarding by the end of the show. In order to understand Shakespeare, I broke down my lines one by one and “translated” them into the vernacular we use today. That really helped me to grasp the story and the depth of my character. The biggest challenge in playing the character was the physical comedy. I learned all about a new kind of comedy and performance style, and I am extremely grateful for the knowledge I now feel I possess.”

On opening night, Ms.McKee was nervous about her adaptation of Shakespeare, wondering if people would think of it as a huge success. People started flooding the theater, getting ready for another successful show.

From the start and until the very end, the audience was engaged, showing appreciation, laughing, and love towards the play. Senior Melanie Lambrecht was mesmerized by the entire performance.

Lambrecht said, “I went to go see the show because I thought it would be nice to go and support my friends in the show. I thought it was going to be boring, but that was far from the truth. The stage, the lights, the colors, the actors, and the props were so spectacular. This is definitely one of the best shows I have ever seen.”

Mother McAuley performed one magnificent showing of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I can’t wait to see what the theater department has in store for its next production.