Adapted by Jenny Wake from the play by William Shakespeare
The course of true love never runs smooth. Hermia loves Lysander and he loves her, but Hermia’s dad says she must marry Demetrius or die. So Hermia and Lysander flee into the woods, pursued by Demetrius who is chased by Helena who is mad about him.
What follows is a night of giddy midsummer magic in the fairy-infested forest where Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, are feuding. Oberon drops a potion into sleeping Titania’s eyes to make her fall in love with the very next creature she sees. As if Hermia and her friends aren’t confused enough about who loves whom best, Demetrius and Lysander get a dose of the magic potion too. Meanwhile, a mischievous sprite called Puck meets Nick Bottom, a pompous weaver, and makes an ass of him (literally). And it’s not just the audience who will fall head over heels for his fuzzy cheeks and lovely long ears.
Shakespeare’s most popular comedy has been trimmed and translated into contemporary language in this magical production written to be performed by primary, intermediate or junior high school students.
1 hour 20 minutes (approx)
Roles for 65 to 262 children
Script and costumes best suited to ages 5-14
Christine Heaney & Jenny Wake