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Cruiser Theatre Co. takes on the challenge of performing Shakespeare

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Photo courtesy of Trulie Pleasant
Pictured right here on stage throughout a current rehearsal, from left to proper, are Gavin Prifogle, Arianna Thomas, Aidan Kennedy, and seated upstage are Alyssa Brown (again) and Logan Boyer (ahead). Also seated are members of backstage crew Devin Williams and Elliot Phillips.

Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre Co. will delve right into a basic work by William Shakespeare for its subsequent efficiency.

The theatre troupe will carry out Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” edited by Corey Ragan. The play is a comedy in 5 acts.

“Like most Shakespearean plays, it calls for a bit of music, which I have hired Robert Hosier to compose original pieces for,” stated Groveport Madison High School Theatre Director Erin McLaughlin. “However, there is not enough music for this to be truly considered a musical.”

McLaughlin stated some college students in the theatre troupe begged her to provide “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” after they learn it collectively in Theatre II final spring.

“The idea of producing Shakespeare with high school students was daunting, but the more I thought about it, the more I was like, ‘Why not?’” stated McLaughlin. “I’ve wanted to direct one of Shakespeare’s plays for a long time, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of my favorites.”

McLaughlin stated Shakespeare supplies distinctive challenges for the college students.

“First and foremost, the language is difficult for the students involved in the show,” McLaughlin stated. “Although we have an edited version of the play that trims out some fluff and changes some potentially offensive language, the script is still in Shakespeare’s 400-year-old wording, which for this show is almost entirely in iambic pentameter and almost entirely in rhyming couplets”

She stated the forged and crew are nonetheless rehearsing (and will probably be performing) in masks, (attributable to the ongoing COVID pandemic), which creates challenges for ensuring each actor might be clearly heard and understood from wherever in the auditorium.

“Technically, this show doesn’t require a lot of scenery, but we’re trying to do some interesting things with lighting,” stated McLaughlin. “Costumes are probably the biggest technical hurdle – I’m setting the show in Victorian England with an “Alice in Wonderland” aesthetic filter, which creates its personal challenges, and a few of my actors have fast adjustments as a result of they play multiple character. Fortunately, we’ve had a ton of college students come out this yr to work behind the scenes, which is a blessing I haven’t actually had right here earlier than.”

The present supplies some selection roles for the scholar actors. The lead roles embody:

• “Hermia is played by Arianna Thomas, a senior with a lot of emotional range and great instincts as an actor,” stated McLaughlin. “She really brings Hermia’s sweet sassiness and fiery streak to life.”

• “Lysander is played by Gavin Prifogle, a junior with great versatility and an incredible talent for physical comedy, tempered by the sensibilities necessary for a strong romantic lead,” stated McLaughlin.

• “Helena is played by Olivia Chaney, a sophomore with strong passion and dedication to the theatre program,” stated McLaughlin. “Helena’s monologues positively sparkle in Olivia’s portrayal.”

• “Demetrius is played by Aidan Kennedy, a senior with an impressive gift for physical comedy and enviable skill in balancing multiple extracurriculars,” stated McLaughlin. “He’s brought the cast new techniques to aid in memorizing their many, many lines for this show.”

• “Oberon is played by Logan Boyer, a junior who joined the cast a month into production in a moment of great need,” stated McLaughlin. “Her instincts and interpretation of her character are spot on, and she’s an incredibly hard worker.”

• Robin Goodfellow is performed by Alyssa Brown, a senior with myriad appearing credit,” stated McLaughlin. “She brings energy, vitality, and mischief to her role and never fails to bring smiles to those around her wherever she goes.”

Performance dates, instances, tickets
The Cruiser Theatre Co. will carry out “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Nov. 18, 19, and 20 at 7 p.m. all three nights. The present will probably be livestreamed and restricted in particular person seating out there. Ticket info might be discovered at cruisertheatre.weebly.com. Tickets: $7 for viewing on-line; in particular person, college students and seniors are $5 if bought on-line, $7 if bought in money at the door; and in particular person normal admission is $7 if bought on-line, $9 if bought in money at the door.

Upcoming Cruiser Theatre Co. exhibits
McLaughlin stated the intent is to carry out “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol,” by John Longenbaugh on Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. each nights; “Goodness Gracious,” by Hank (Henry) Kimmel as the Cruiser Theatre Co.’s “Play-in-a-Day” on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.; and “Fiddler on the Roof’ as the spring musical on April 7-10 at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and a couple of p.m. Sunday matinee).

All performances will probably be in the Groveport Madison High School auditorium, 4475 S. Hamilton Road.

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