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Plot Summary

Theseus, the Duke of Athens, plans his marriage with Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons. Egeus brings his daughter Hermia to court, followed by her beloved Lysander and her suitor Demetrius. Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, but wants Lysander instead. Her father claims he has the right to punish her with death. Lysander and Hermia decide to flee by night into the woods, and Hermia’s friend Helena who is madly in love with Demetrius decides to tell Demetrius about the plan. Local workmen who like to do plays together decide to practice the tragic story of Pyramus and Thisbe. Bottom likes to be their star and gets the role of Pyramus. They want to perform for the duke on his wedding day.
 

Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, are arguing; there is tension in the fairy wood which is very much enjoyed by Puck, the sprite that serves Oberon. Oberon decides to play a trick on Titania with a magical flower. This magic will make her fall in love with the first person she sees after waking up. Oberon overhears Helena and Demetrius argue and wants to help Helena by making Demetrius fall in love with her. He sends Puck out to do it, but Puck finds Lysander sleeping on the ground and gives him the love potion. When Lysander sees Helena, he immediately is in love with her. Oberon realizes Puck’s mistake. Demetrius also gets the love potion, and when both men protest their love to Helena, she thinks they are making fun of her.
 

When the workers practice in the woods, Puck puts an ass’ or donkey head on Bottom. His troupe runs away for fear, but Titania wakes up, is enamored by him and takes him to her bower. In the meantime the two young men want to fight each other, but are getting lost in the woods, just like Hermia and Helena, but Puck makes them all go to sleep and restores Lysander’s love to Hermia. Titania also is released from her spell by Oberon.
 

Theseus finds the young lovers sleeping on the ground in the wood. Demetrius tells him he no longer loves Hermia, but Helena; all is forgiven, and they return to Athens. Bottom wakes up and thinks everything was a dream. On the wedding day Bottom and his company perform their play successfully, everyone retires to bed – then the fairies arrive and bless the house.

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Cast List
 

Theseus, Duke of Athens……………….Jim Bennett

Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons..Claudia Boehm

Egeus, father of Hermia………….…Scott Silveira

Lysander, in love with Hermia…………Daniel Snell

Demetrius, suitor of Hermia……….Wesley Vasquez

Hermia, in love with Lysander…….Genesis Robledo

Helena, in love with Demetrius…….Briana Garcia

Philostrate……………………….Nicole Gutierrez

Quince, carpenter…………………...Sandy Hay

Bottom, the weaver………………..Colton Dennis

Flute, the bellows-mender…………Cheney McGee

Starveling, the tailor………………….Niara Jones

Snout, the tinker…………………..Richard Barnes

Snug, the joiner…………………….David Spieker

Oberon, King of the Fairies………..Mike Abruzzo

Titania, Queen of the Fairies………...Katie Young

Puck………………………………….Eli Bocks

Peaseblossom………………….Alyssa McCabe

Cobweb…………………………..Robyn Swain

Moth………………………...Heather Simmons

Mustardseed………………Mackenzie Bernard

Dewdrop…………………………..Starr Schwartz

Mote……………………………...May Clifford

Dragonfly……………………………..Aralyn Day


Design Team and Crew
 

Directors……Heike Hambley and Shawn Overton

Producer…………………………….Heike Hambley

Stage Manager……………………...Katt Szyndler

Lighting Designer…………………..Robert Hypes

Costume Designer………………...Christine Silveira

Props………………………………..Jenell Barnes

Choreographer……...Beth Fauerbach-Christensen

Composers/Music........Jean-Paul Lee-Ladouceur and Eli Bocks

Soundboard Operator………………Emily McSwain

Projections………………………..Shawn Overton

Poster/Photographs…………….Shawn Overton


Special Thanks
 

Chad Phillips, GB Blackmon, Heather Holt, Colton Dennis and the MAC Staff, Mike Abruzzo, Robyn Swain, Katie Young, Richard Barnes

 

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