Dream On – Sept 2003

Riverside Studio Theatre

Dream On
Directed & Choreographed By – Lyn Aston

Musical Director – Mark Chadwick

The Story

The play is set in Athens in the run-up to the Olympic Games. Theseus, Duke of Athens, is pledged to marry Hippolyta, who is a Latin American from Venezuela. Theseus has two great athletes, Demetrius and Lysander.

Hermia and Lysander are in love with each other. However, Egeus, the father of Hermia, favours Demetrius who love Hermia. Egeus tells Hermia that she will be banished to a nunnery if she does not marry Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia decide they will meet in the enchanted wood, from where they will escape. They tell Helena, friend of Hermia, about their plans to elope. Helena is in love with Demetrius, but, of course, he is in love with Hermia.

In the meantime, the Rude Mechanicals (a literary and theatrical term for Shakespeare’s workers, who often provide the comic relief) are planning to stage a play for the wedding of the Duke. They decide to rehearse their play in the woods, where it is quite and peaceful, and where they will not be disturbed. Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, both live in the woods with their own teams of fairies. Oberon asks Titania if he can hire her accountant because his has been ”fiddling the books”. Titania refuses, as she dislikes Oberon immensely since they had a lover’s quarrel.

Oberon is angry that Titania will not oblige, so he calls on his good friend Robin Goodfellow to help him weave a magic spell over Titania. He asks Robin to go to Europe, where he will find a magical herb, and to bring the herb back to Oberon. The herd is placed on the eyelid of a sleeping person, when the person awakes, the first person they see they will fall in love with. Oberon intends to use this on Titania, and who knows who or what she will wake up to? Oberon gives Robin the fairy name of Puck before he departs for Europe. Meanwhile, the lovers go to the woods for their meeting in preparation to elope. Helena has told Demetrius of the secret meeting, so Demetrius sets off for the woods to find the woman he loves. Helena follows him, but Demetrius tells her that it is Hermia he loves and not she.

Puck returns with the magic herb, and the tangled web begins. Night falls and it is a warm midsummer night in the enchanted woods. Fairies are mischievous creatures who spin a tangled web of magic on the mortals.

Will anything be normal again?

Cast of Characters

HERMIA – Sarah Wright

HELENA – Kendra Jones

LYSANDER – Steven Jones

DEMETRIUS – Huw Phillips

OBERON – James Harper

TITANIA – Libby Bove

ROBIN GOODFELLA/PUCK – Seren Evens

THESEUS/CORLEONE BROTHER – Matthew Large

HIPPOLYTA – Melissa Jones

PHILOSTRATE/CORLEONE BROTHER – Lucy Dean

BOTTEM – Dominic Simms

FLUTE – Stephen Williams

QUINCE – Rebecca Dobbins

SNUG – Clare Bayliss

SNOUT – James Cox

STARVELING – Ceri Buck

EGEUS – Gemma Roth


CHORUS & FAIRIES

COBWEB – Keira Pugh

PEASEBLOSSOM – Emma Humphreys

MOTH – Danielle Roberts

MUSTARDSEED – Jennie Davies

FAIRY OF TITANIA – Helen Edwards

FAIRY OF TITANIA – Claire Humphreys

FAIRY OF OBERON – Elizabeth Barker

FAIRY OF OBERON – Jenny Bannister

FAIRY OF OBERON – David Evans

FAIRY OF OBERON – James Tyrell

FAIRY OF OBERON – Simon Tyrell

Production Team

DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER – Lyn Aston

MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Mark Chadwick

TECHNICAL MANAGER – Andrew Nadin

LIGHTING DESIGN – Andrew Nadin

SOUND – Andrew Nadin

LIGHTING – Matt Jones

STAGE MANAGER – Alan Edwards

COSTUMES – Julie Wright, Stephanie Evans, The Children

SET BUILDING – Tony Aston, Jack Robertson,Bill Hewitt, Graham Lloyd

BACK STAGE CREW – Kathryn Crabtree, Graham Lloyd, Roesja Blok

PUBLICITY – Joan Robertson

MAKEUP – Amanda Dobbins, Rebecca Williams

TICKETS – Robina Crawford

PROMPTERS – Laura Roberts, Shaun Edwards

FRONT OF HOUSE – Joan Robertson, Ruth Jones, Beryl Humphries

PROGRAMME – Lyn Aston

SPECIAL THANKS

All the Mums, Dads and relatives who did costumes, Jack Robertson for the Fairy Wings. Bellis’ Country Market for the supply of plants.


 



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