If you’re looking for a beautiful blend of comedy and romance, not to mention mischievous fairies and love potions, look no further. Lindsay Price’s one-act annotated version of the classic tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in the Athenian woods is a fun and fantastical way to introduce students to Shakespeare.
Tracy Garratt and the talented drama students at A.N. Myer Secondary School in Niagara Falls, Ontario transformed their school courtyard to perform this play and made it a magical night for everyone in attendance.
The students wanted to do something challenging and at the end of last year decided on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tracy spent the summer reviewing the script and coming up with some blocking but the theme, colours, props and costuming were all student driven. They decided where the play should be presented and what it should look like.
Some of them struggled with the language, being bright kids they thought they could fulfill their comprehension on the fly. But the week before production their understanding of the text led to a real physical connection with their characters. They were so proud of their work they wanted to take home the props and costumes they had made as souvenirs.
Amazing job, A.N. Myer Secondary School!
**Photo credit: Rena Burns
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by Julie Hartley
Shakespeare is one of the greatest resources a drama teacher can have. But teaching it can be a challenge. Practical Approaches to Shakespeare in the Drama Classroom helps drama teachers break down the Bard to make his themes, language and characters accessible to all.