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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Allison Culko, staff writer

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Running Dog Productions will be presenting “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as the fall play for this school year.

“We don’t usually do Shakespeare, so it’s something really interesting and new for us,” Student Director Paisley LoBue said.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a well-known Shakespeare play.

“Shakespeare’s [“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”] is the most common comedy,” Director Glenn Hochkeppel said. “A lot of people have read and already know the story.”

Even for seasoned actors, Shakespeare is still something new.

“This will be my 18th show,” actor Maxx Peak said. “It will be my first Shakespeare play.”  Peak will be playing the role of Bottom.

Pressure is high for the performance because this will be their competition for Cappies.

According to the website, the Cappies is a writing and awards program that trains high school theatre and journalism to be expert writers.

The schools that get nominations get invited to a Cappies Gala at the Kennedy Center in June.

“[The Cappies] essentially are a high school level version of the Tony awards,” Lobue said.

Like many of the Running Dog productions, there will be a twist to the play.

“We have added a Tarot card concept to it,” Lobue said.

Tarot cards are cards used for fortune telling.

“The idea was that the main fairy Puck would do a Tarot reading of the audience,” Mr. Hochkeppel said.

There will also be many magical touches added to the production.

“We wanted a kind of magic that was very visual,” Mr. Hochkeppel said. “There will be lots of magic and potions and fairies and love triangles.”

Along with magic there will also be comedy.

“I play the role of Bottom, one of the comedic characters in the play,” Peak said. “[Bottom] is a talented actor but extremely full of himself…he [Bottom] seems to ‘steal the show’ where ever he goes.”

Some other main characters are: Titania, Oberon, Puck, Helena, Hermia, and Bottom, plus many more.

“They [the actors] will really make the script come alive,” Mr. Hochkeppel said.

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”