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Getting a new take on Shakespeare

The play is from the point of view of Bottom, played by senior drama major Timothy Harrington, pictured above in donkey ears. (credit: Courtesy of Hanah Ho) The play is from the point of view of Bottom, played by senior drama major Timothy Harrington, pictured above in donkey ears. (credit: Courtesy of Hanah Ho) The show, which debuts on Nov. 18, is the fourth production in the School of Drama’s season. (credit: Courtesy of Hanah Ho) The show, which debuts on Nov. 18, is the fourth production in the School of Drama’s season. (credit: Courtesy of Hanah Ho)

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is opening in Carnegie Mellon’s stage next month. The show, which opens Nov. 18, is expected to be a big hit.

The adaptation by voice and speech professor Don Wadsworth stresses the word “dream,” bringing the story to life through the eyes of Bottom, a weaver whose head is transformed into that of a donkey, played by senior drama major Timothy Harrington.

The new adaptation adds depth to the classic characters, drawing on what makes them magical and inspiring.

With characters like Oberon, played by senior drama major Daniel Weschler, and Titania, played by senior drama major Gabrielle McClinton, representing fire and water, we see a production grounded in the elements of nature. The crew spent months working together, being inspired by images in current culture.

After the first run-through, it is apparent that the show is about taking Shakespeare to the next level, making it larger than the audience’s imagination can handle.

With amazing attention to detail, the cast and crew of Midsummer have combined their talents to incorporate elements of physicality and acrobatics into this production. The modern technologies used to support this production range from iPads to skateboards. Throughout the rehearsal the cast has gained a personal connection to Shakespeare’s immortal words.

The 90-minute, one-act production shines a new light on this romantic comedy. Throughout the rigorous rehearsal schedule, the actors and crew have worked vigorously to perfect this creative piece.

It is sure to be an engaging production, filled with gaiety and beautiful imagery that will amaze your senses.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in the Philip Chosky Theater, in the Purnell Center for the Arts. Tickets and play times can be found at www.cmu.edu/cfa/drama/.

Clare Graz | Junior Staffwriter