Spring play announced to be Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Students have mixed reactions to the repeated play

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By Nick Precht

Drama teacher Jon Copeland talks to sophomore Victoria Freshwater and senior Trevor Molz about set design. Copeland will direct the school's second performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" this year after he previously directed it four years ago.

Alison Booth, JagWire editor-in-chief

The drama department will perform Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this April, a play the school put on four years ago.

Drama teacher Jon Copeland said he chose the play specifically to challenge students because he felt it would be helpful in future endeavors.

“I think Shakespeare [plays are] an important [experience], especially for my students who are going to study theater and maybe go into it professionally, that they’re exposed to what it’s like,” Copeland said. “It’s a whole different style of acting, and it will really help them if they [can] do Shakespeare. We did Shakespeare [four] years ago, and I wanted to do it again this year because this would be the time; nobody in the building has done Shakespeare.”

Copeland said he foresaw a variety of reactions from students when he made his decision.

“Some people are scared of Shakespeare, some people are excited about Shakespeare, and it has been a real mix,” Copeland said. “I hope that I’ve tried to communicate to the students I’ve talked to that my job is to help you understand and interpret it and we’ll work as a group.”

Some students, including sophomore Lauryn Hurley, were excited about the announcement of the play.

“I think I’m going to learn a lot more about acting because Shakespeare influenced a lot of playwrights, and it’s going to be a big learning experience which I’m excited about,” Hurley said.

While senior Abby Laning, who has been on tech crew for the drama department in previous plays, was initially excited, she began to understand how different it would be to put on a Shakespearian production, especially one that had been done at the school four years ago.

“In my point of view, I’ve seen how it’s put on, so I feel like it’s either going to be as good as it was [four] years ago or it’s not going to rise up to how I remember it,” Laning said. “I feel like Copeland will have a higher expectation than what was performed [four] years ago because we’re a whole different cast.”

Despite this, Hurley feels that repeating the play will not be an issue.

“There’s entirely new people to judge it against because they did it when last year’s seniors were freshman,” Hurley said. “I feel like that’s comparing apples to oranges. They’re going to be two totally different productions.”

Copeland agrees, and feels that the end product will ultimately be successful.

“It was very well-received the last time we did it, and I’ve been thinking about how I could have made the last production better as a director,” Copeland said. “I’ve got some new twists I might put on some characters and some new ideas.”

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