Students will stage tale of love and fairy mischief


AUBURN — Students at Auburn Middle School will present one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and humorous plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

This tale of lovers and fairies, royalty and handymen, jealousy and forgiveness, hate and intimacy will be staged Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 20-22.

Trouble starts when Hermia of Athens falls in love with Lysander, despite the fact her father has mandated her to marry Demitrius, or be put to death. Hermia’s friend, Helena, was once engaged to Demitrius and is still madly in love with him, even though he jilted her after meeting Hermia.

Hermia and Lysander decide to run off into the woods and elope. Thinking she can win back Demitrius’ love, Helena tells him of the planned elopement. Demitrius heads into the woods after his intended bride and her lover, with Helena following him.

Meanwhile, in these woods is a band of fairies led by Oberon and his queen, Titania, who will bless the upcoming marriage of Theseus, the duke of Athens, and Hippolyta. Oberon and Titania are feuding. Seeking revenge, Oberon convinces his henchman Puck to put a love potion onto his sleeping wife’s eyelids — a potion that will make her fall in love with whatever she sees first upon awakening.

Back in Athens, a group of workers is preparing a show as part of the wedding celebration. They venture into the same woods to rehearse and just happen to settle on a spot by Titania’s bed.

Bottom, a self-centered actor, leaves the group’s sight for a few moments. While he is gone, mischievous Puck turns his head into that of a donkey. Fellow actors run away in terror while a confused Bottom tries to figure out what they are running from. The racket awakens Titania who immediately falls in love with Bottom, donkey head and all.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is directed by Liz Rollins, a music and theater teacher at the middle school.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. May 20-21 and at 2 and 7 p.m. May 22. Tickets, $5, will be sold at the door. Refreshments will be sold during intermission.

Noah Fournier and Zach Hurd, above, and other Auburn Middle School students will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 20-22.