Recently, I have taken part in a “Shakespeare Appreciation Performance.” My school and two others performed different plays from or based on Shakepeare’s work. My school did a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream I played the role of one of Titania’s loyal fairies, Mustardseed, I enjoyed playing this character because I could sing, dance and play the ukulele. This Play was fun to take part in because it was funny and we got to get a richer understanding of Shakespearian literature!
If you are not aware of the story of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ here is a short summary. The play is one of Shakespeare’s comedies and is about four lovers and a fairy kingdom. Theseus and Hippolyta are to be married so six men, “The Mechanicals,” rehearse a play to be shown at their wedding. Meanwhile, in the wood, Titania and Oberon are arguing about the changeling boy and who will raise him. Oberon commands his sly helper, Puck, to get the juice of a flower and make Titania fall in love with one of the mechanicals called Bottom (who they have also cursed with the head of a donkey) and on the way, they encounter the lovers who are facing a conflict of their own. Helena is in love with Demetrius however, Demetrius and Lysander both love Hermia but Hermia loves Lysander. Hermia’s cruel father has said she must marry Demetrius and if not, he will have her executed! In the end Puck also makes Demetrius fall in love with Helena and Titania’s “lover,” was freed from his curse and finally everybody was happy.
I was pleased that I had the opportunity to take part in this interesting production and look forward to acting in different productions in the future.
[Ed – Note – I was very impressed with Grace and her friends in the production as Shakespeare is a difficult body of work to act out especially when so young but they all did brilliantly! It is a good idea to introduce Shakespeare at this young age as this means that they will be more familiar with the language and stories of Shakespeare for their GCSEs].