“I think we all have some butterflies in our stomach,” said Ellen Woods, stage manager for the production.
The actors and actresses gathered around Woods just prior to dress rehearsal Thursday immediately agreed.
“The play goes up Nov. 4 for the first performance,” Woods said.
The cast and crew members had nothing but compliments for Woods, who is only a freshman.
“She’s the first freshman stage manager in a long time, and she is incredible,” Lindy Forman, one of the actresses, said as she gave Woods a hug around the neck.
“The hardest part is taking control,” Woods said. “You’re working with a lot of older students, and as a freshman it can be hard.”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy by William Shakespeare, which is believed to have been written in the late 1500s.
“The play revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest,” according to The Globe Theatre online, www.globe-theatre.org.uk. “The story takes place in mid-summer and is a complex farce featuring Hermia and Lysander and Helena and Demetrius. Their romantic intrigues are confused and complicated still further by entering the forest where Oberon, the king of the fairies, and his queen, Titania, preside.”
The part of Hermia will be played by junior Katie Bidart; Lysander by senior Kaiden Kitley; Helena by junior Haley Gardner; Demetrius by senior Jared Lively; Oberon by senior Jon Parker; and Titania by junior Gianna Kozel.
The part of Puck (or Robin Goodfellow) — a major character who is full of mischief and tricks, according to The Globe — will be played by senior student Taylor Kader.
The part of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, will be played by junior Jack Anderson; Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons and betrothed of Theseus, by sophomore Rebecca Schuster; Egeus, father of Hermia, by senior Aaron Stave; and the Philostrate, master of revels for Theseus, by junior Emma Briceno.
Other cast members include: Noel Tsuchia as Peter Quince; Ryan Costello as Nick Bottom; Austin Showalter as Francis Flute; Javier Guzman as Robin Starveling; Cody Cameron as Tom Snout; Breanna Allen as Snug; Lindy Forman, Trevor Rue, Alexis Keyes and Katie Stinson as attendants to Oberon; Sandra Acosta, Kelsey Clark, Julie McDowell, Jessica Wright, Elise Van Dyne, Yami Melendez and Jaesa Rogers as various fairies; and seventh-grader Eric Lively as the changeling boy.
Cast members said their parents are incredibly supportive of their theater endeavors. They would have to be: Students have been rehearsing almost every day after school and sometimes on the weekends to prepare for the upcoming production.
The students said their parents help with makeup and costumes and usually take turns bringing dinner to the school during rehearsals.
“Speaking of which, who is getting dinner tonight?” one of the actresses joked Thursday.
Performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. General admission tickets cost $10 and tickets for students and senior citizens are $5.
“I want the public to know we have a really great cast,” Woods said. “These guys to put all they have into it.”