It’s been more than three decades since the Menomonee Falls High School Theatre Department performed a Shakespearean comedy. Cleary, in 2012, the time for such a comedy has come.
The theatre department will perform “A Midsummer Night's Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-18 at the high school auditorium. They will also feature a 1:30 p.m. show on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tickets cost $6 each and are available from any cast member and at the door.
“A Midsummer Night's Dream” is a tale of two lovers in Athens, Greece who elope into the woods and are pursued by lovers who desire them, all against Athenian law. While there, they are tangled in a quarrel between the King and Queen of the Fairies.
Most notable of the comic problems is when Queen Titania is bewitched by her King and falls in love with the rude buffoon, Nick Bottom, who has had the head of an ass attached to him by the troublesome sprite, Puck. (By the way, Puck or “Robin Goodfellow” is alluded to as the inspiration for Batman’s sidekick, Robin!) Classic Shakespearean confusion ensues in hilarious buffoonery, comic satire of the theatre itself, and charming Shakespearean verse.
Midsummer adds to the roster of many plays produced by the casts and crews of remarkable young actors and technicians under the watchful eye of MFHS technical director and producer, Mark Brooks. Their repertoire includes such plays as Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “The Remarkable Incident at Carson Corners.”
This year, the play is part of the school English Department curriculum and is being read by the entire sophomore class who will also be attending an in-school performance. The theatre department consists of a large cast of talented young actors in sumptuous wardrobe oversaw by guest director, Bill Jackson, a well-known Wisconsin actor, teacher, and director formerly this year’s Honorary Survivor Chair for the American Cancer Society’s 2012 Relay for Life.