RB’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Puck (Noah Morriss) and Oberon (Vejas Cuplinkas) scheming together

Emily Gately, Staff Reporter

When most people think of Shakespeare, they don’t usually think of the 80’s. That’s just what Colleen Stahnke had in mind when she put together RB’s most recent play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The lighting, 80’s music, choreography, and costumes made the production a hit all three nights it was performed.

I personally, along with my mom, went to the show on Friday night. We made sure to get there extra early knowing that this was one of the sell out nights. Early on, my mom expressed her difficulty with the dialogue of the play, but after a while we both got used to it.

“Shakespeare’s dialogue is really confusing because if you mess up a word it throws off rhythm and that’s not something I’ve dealt with before. Memorizing too has been a bit more tolling because you have to get every word right,” said Taner Guzeldereli, a senior who played Bottom the Weaver.

Along with the singing, dancing, and hilarious storyline, my mom and I both appreciated the smooth light transitions from night into day as well as the spotlights.

“I think the performances will go pretty well. There are a couple of spots that are cue intensive so they are rough sometimes but we will work through them,” said Noah Hoadley, a junior and member of the tech crew.

Indeed, the show did go very well, but putting on a show like this takes not only a positive attitude but lots of time and hard work.

“Trying to work with my extracurricular activities and doing them as well as the play and having a job and responsibilities at home. It’s a lot of work especially with all the time we spend here,” said Hoadley.

If you did not have the chance to see the show this past weekend but still want to see what all the buzz is about, you can watch the recording on Facebook live. No doubt, this was definitely the most original show the RB theatre department has put on.

“I think they are going to be 100% amazing. I think it will be one of the best plays RB has ever put on,” said Guzeldereli.