WATERFORDrama’s Shakespearean debut begins tonight

Lilly Partridge, Reporter

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As November begins, WATERFORDrama will be presenting its newest performance William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The play opens with two sets of lovers, Lysander and Hermia, played by senior Sam Kasem-Beg and sophomore Nina Pezzello, and Helena and Demetrius, played by junior Kate Robillard and senior Tim McCabe.  Hermia and Lysander want to marry each other, but Demetrius is in love with Hermia as well, and Helena is after Demetrius. 

Senior Jason Maryeski, who plays Francis Flute, said, “It’s an over the top play, it reflects Shakespeare. Lovers in the play want marriage, and they have a mix-up with fairies. [Puck] put love juices in one of the lover’s eyes, but it all goes wrong.”

Oberon, played senior Jono Dryden-Jaffe, and Titiana, played by Nali Colon rule the forest fairy world as king and queen. Oberon gets his servant Puck, played by senior Michael Macesker, to find the flower that produces the love potion in order to get back at Titiana.  The four human lovers encounter Puck, whose intention is to solve the love triangle, however, he only makes the situation more complicated for them.

Senior Andre Mastrandrea who plays Bottom, said, “People should see this play because it’s funny. The hardest part about putting this show together is trying to make the Shakespeare language make sense and come alive.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be showing November 2-4  in the Waterford High School auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $7 for students and $12 for adults in advance and will be sold in the main office and main office lobby. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $12 for students and $15 for adults.

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