So the last Spires Theatre Scene production of 2013/14 is set – a modern scripted version of Shakespeare’s most famous magic play – a Midsummer Night’s Dream – but with a slight musical twist
(Production dates are detailed in the email recently sent out to all current STS members and those in doubt should check with email@example.com for more exact information.)
My purpose here is to lay the scene for our new ” play”
I always intended to end the year with the dream project, and with the Midsummer Ball falling on Midsummer Eve this year ( 21st June) it seemed kismet that we take a Shakespeare classic and give it a PACE make over that the bard himself would be truly proud of.
A little magic , merriment and madcap mayhem is good to go out on don’t you agree?
It has after all been a great creative year – we began in Ancient Greece went to Russia connected with our Scottish roots and now to round the year we return to Ancient Greece by way of a paradise called Arcadia.
A fair ground paradise to be creatively exact , full of wild gypsy sisters and King of the Rides, teenage sweethearts and surly roustabouts , Pip and the Pipstrels , and a mischief making runaway called Luck
The “stuff” dreams are made on!
All farcical drama that packs a very happy punch !
Now to be involved is “fairy-easy” – we would like to use as many of STS as possible but it may not be possible to use all.
School shows were always going to clash and sad to say some will not be able to be part of this project for that very reason.
There will be auditions shortly – we want to get going with the production soon after the Easter Hols.
However many may still be affixed to other projects until the end of April beginning of May.
If cast in other roles in ARCADIA we will work round you till then. All drama staff are aware of this.
Similarly with those with exam commitments through MAY – if cast in parts we can work round schedules a bit till June – when the production will speed up in intensity – you may find it a good project to de- stress with. A little lighter than usual and nice and group-inclusive !
For the Heritage cast – I will work round both Arcadia and Lyceum re block rehearsals for these projects – they shouldn’t clash that much.
The project will be worked much like the Abbeysong 850 project last June.
There will be 3 main creative groupings run by Angela, David and myself
I will direct the overall production focusing on the acting of the main characters:
( fairies, lovers and Royals )
The main characters are as follows – I have given you their new name for reference
Bron – Oberon
Anya – Titania
Sandy – Lysander
Mia – Hermia
Dem – Demetrius
Elena – Helena
Luck – Puck
PB – Peasblossom
Muzz – Mustard Seed
Mo – Moth
Cob – Cobweb
Gus – Egeus
Theo – Theseus
Polly – Hippolyta
Pip – Philostrate
David will work the following characters
(the rude mechanicals )
Pete – Peter Quince
Fran – Francis Flute
Tom – Snout
Guns – Snug
Bob – Robin Starveling
There will also be a ” show choir/ band ” of sorts – we are calling them
“Pip and the Pipstrels”
They will act as a scene shifting device to carry action from one scene to the next. The main function of this group part is to sing.
The Pip character ( male or female ) will be the master of revels for the play ( a kind of narrator figures ) and also leader of this merry band !
Angela will work more closely with those involved in this singing part of the show
We will all come together once the play begins to take shape – much like Abbeysong
We will use some of Shakespeare’s language and modern paraphrasing of the text for this production. Modernising Shakespeare works better this way. Half and half …
I hope as many current members of Spires Theatre Scene projects will be able to take part – it is a fantastic opportunity for us all to come back together for one last show this term and for many your last PACE official engagement! A “dream” show to go out on …indeed.
The Ball will be a bit like the after show wedding feast for the play itself.
We plan to use ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as a drama stimulus this summer term throughout PACE – so that way everyone will be involved in the process if not in the performance and can enjoy the theme of the ball this year along with everyone else.
Rehearsals will mainly be weekends through May – and depending on your part you may or may not have that much commitment.
“The Pipstrels” – will rehearse separately – probably on a midweek night, then join the cast later on in May.
Smaller scene work with principal characters will take place as and when necessary – we may use exam leave to get ahead if people are available to rehearse.
*Rehearsals will be full on the week prior to the show ( 6th- 13th June)
Please get in touch if you are unsure if you can be involved and we can see if it is worth while you being part of ARCADIA.
Details of auditions will follow soon – Sparks study notes on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream may help summarise the text for those keen for an acting part. These are available on line
There is enough good youth theatre talent out there to make this a great show all round – so let’s get Dreaming !