Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

A Midsummer's Night Dream at Manhattanville College
Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:14

nightdream 210On March 1, the Manhattanville College Department of Dance and Theater invites you to get lost in A Midsummer's Night Dream. A favorite among Shakespeare comedies this production promises to provide a fun-filled evening for all who attend.

"Audience members should expect to laugh a lot, but also go through a very emotional ride, from loving someone who doesn't love you back and what you do to get their love," said Matthew Casey '14.

A Midsummer's Night Dream opens March 1 at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre in Brownson Hall. The play runs until March 4. There will be 8 p.m. performances March 1-3, and 2 p.m. matinees March 3-4. General admission is $10. Student tickets (with a Manhattanville ID) are $5.

For more pictures from rehearsals visit the Manhattanville Facebook page.

Midsummer poster 210Directed by Brian Leahy Doyle, this production uses the fist folio method, meaning the actors are using the actual text that Shakespeare's contemporaries used. While the text is classic, the set and the costumes add a 1920s twist to the production.

"I'm looking at the play through the prism of the silent film era of the 1920s," Doyle said. "In some ways I'm being very traditional, but in other ways not at all."

Doyle brought in his friend, composer Michael Dilthey, to write an original score just for the Manhattanville production adding another dimension to the play.

"I've never experienced working with music that's written specifically for a show before," Shannon Kelly '12 said. "I think it adds a layer to our performance. It's part of the storytelling, having music in there is definitely something unique."

The 18-member cast has been working on the play since August, as part of the "Playing Shakespeare" class, where students auditioned for the play, but didn't know what part they were going to play.

"It's been a wild ride," Casey said. "The cast is so supportive of everyone. I was really nervous going into it because I've done the show so many times that I had so many preconceived notions of the character and of other characters. It's been a very rewarding experience."