Richmond Kids Rehearse “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Next Monday afternoon the upper school will be putting on a performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and you are all, of course, invited to come and watch.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the play, here’s a brief summary.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” deals with the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage. The plot focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their elves, and a group of rough craftsmen attempting to stage a production of “Pyramus and Thisby” for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.

Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods. Demetrius follows them, and he is pursued by Helena, who nurses an unrequited passion for him. A love quadrangle develops among the young lovers when mischievous Puck plays Cupid. “The course of true love never did run smooth” says Lysander. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearses a badly-written play in the woods, and soon all find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the fairies. Magic, action, love and humor are the ingredients for this unforgettable spell.

This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder – it’s about the world’s most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all. Love is crazy, love is mad. Will love win out in the end?

And here it is in (imperfect) castellano.

“Una noche de verano Sueño” trata el tema universal del amor y sus complicaciones: la lujuria, la decepción, la confusión, el matrimonio. La trama se centra en tres historias paralelas: los ensayos y experiencias de los dos juegos de los amantes del camping en un bosque mágico, el mundo del Rey Hada y la reina y sus elfos, y un grupo de artesanos en bruto de intentar poner en escena una producción de “Píramo y Tisbe “para la boda del duque de Atenas.

Hermia está enamorada de Lisandro, pero su padre quiere que ella se case con Demetrio. Para escapar del matrimonio arreglado, ella y Lysander fugarse hacia el bosque. Demetrio les sigue, y él es perseguido por Helena, que las enfermeras una pasión no correspondida por él. Un cuadrilátero de amor se desarrolla entre los jóvenes amantes cuando Puck traviesa juega Cupido. “El curso del amor verdadero nunca corrió liso”, dice Lisandro. Mientras tanto, un grupo de actores aficionados ensaya un juego mal escrito en el bosque, y pronto todos encuentran sus vidas cambiaron por los hechos de Oberón y Titania, rey en guerra y la reina de las hadas. Magia, acción, amor y humor son los ingredientes de este hechizo inolvidable.

Este trabajo se realiza ampliamente en todo el mundo, y no es extraño – se trata de pasatiempo más popular del mundo, cayendo en el amor. Pero, como sabe Puck, enamorarse puede tomar el pelo a todos. El amor es una locura, el amor es loco. Amarán ganar en la final?

This morning we caught up with the group rehearsing, and took some photos.

The children have been working really hard on the play, so please stick around on Monday to enjoy the performance!


			

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