Last night the Portsmouth High School Drama Club finished a three night run of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Chris Fielding.
For eight weeks over 20 students of Portsmouth High studied, rehearsed and embodied the classic Shakespeare play. For the bargain price of $5 the audience was treated to a contemporary take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” where the 1920s human world, presided over by Don Theseus, meets the Renaissance world of the fairies. Between scenes, contemporary music was played and toward the end of the play, the fairies came out into the audience and danced with volunteers.
It was simply magical. There is a reason Shakespeare has been done for 400 years and will be performed on space ships 400 years in the future — because it is filled with joy. These students found the joy, carrying it with them throughout the three nights of shows and out to the audience. Laughter, dancing, poetry, Puck — what could be better?
Full disclosure: I am a mom of one of the cast members, but nevertheless these kids could have been spending their afternoons on Xbox. Instead they were learning the classics. So, keep your eye out for the next performance of the PHS Drama Club in the fall. Support the arts, and the arts will support you.
Karen E. Bagley