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The lunatic, the lover and the poet

Christine Stanley
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Emma Garrard/Sierra Sun Oberon, played by Ryan Baumann, looks at Titania, played by Shannon Estabrook during the dress rehearsals of A Mid-Summer Night's Dream at Truckee High School Thursday afternoon.
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Drama students at Tahoe Truckee High School are readying for one of their most challenging performances yet.

This evening the curtain will open on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the first of William Shakespeare’s plays to be presented by the high school’s drama department.

“The hardest part was the pronunciation and trying to figure out what everything meant,” said Wyatt McCall, a junior playing the role of Puck, a mischievous servant with a knack for chaotic comedy. “I had never read Shakespeare before, so it was quite a new experience, but it was enjoyable. A lot of the words used don’t even exist anymore, so [getting the audience to understand] is a lot about body acting.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the Bard’s original wedding play, is a complex comedy of two couples caught in a 14th century love triangle in which one bride must choose between her lover, a nunnery or a death sentence. Chaos ensues when an angry father-in-law, a love potion, and a band of mythical forest creatures are thrown into the mix.

“My favorite character is definitely Puck. He is this creature like a Hobbit who is cunning and always messing things up,” said Ryan Baumann, a senior who plays King of the Fairies. “He’s conniving and he makes the plot more complicated, which draws everyone in.”

Mastering the Midsummer Night was no small feat. Actors and actresses worked to develop their vocabularies, unravel complex plots, and mold their characters for weeks.

But all the hard work paid off, the cast said, and the production is sure to be a fresh experience for audiences.

“One character is bewitched and has his head turned into a donkey’s head, and there’s a cat fight and some sword fights,” said Laurel Patterson, a senior playing the part of Hermia, a character torn between the man she loves and the man her father wants her to marry. “The audience will love the play’s physical comedy because it’s something that everyone can relate to.”

– Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will open this evening at 6:30. The play will start at 7 p.m.

– Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

– The play will also show at the same time this Saturday evening, Nov. 12, and again on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18.

– For more information, call 582-2607