On April 22, the first of seven performances of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” earned applause and waves of laugher from La Cañada High School. The performance starred senior Sam Whitefield as the tricky Oberon and sophomore Garret Schlunt as his witty sidekick, Puck.
With the combination of physical comedy and some clever timing, the students, directed by the Department’s chair Justin Eick, managed to turn what is widely known as Shakespeare’s least serious play into a funny and well blocked show. Many of the characters, scenes, and props were the genuine original creation of the LCHS Theater Department such as elements of the famous “Lovers’ Quarrel” scene and “The Mechanicals”.
Senior Bryce Laurie played Demetrius, who loves Hermia, played by Senior Katie Robbins, who loves Lysander, sophomore Jacob Bonham’s part, who falls in love with Helena, portrayed by senior Willa Young. While hilariously confusing on paper, the Advanced Theater students managed to present this conflict clearly and dramatically, projecting it a manner which forced even the stage crew to breakdown.
Sophomore Maddy Welk, who worked on the sound that night, admitted, “We’ve seen this a million times already, but we just can’t stop laughing!”
The famously hilarious theater troupe included ‘actors’ played by Meg Sanborn, Connor Smith, Robby Ruiz, Zack Johnson, Robert Toms and their ‘boss’ played by Ben Levin. Toms, who played the leading ‘actor’ in the group, dominated the stage with his precise movement and wit.
While he show may have been cast to high school students, the overall quality of their work was evident by the audience’s reaction.
“It was amazing!” explained an enthusiastic patron of the show, “It’s like I was sitting in the Globe Theater! I don’t know any other school that can put on a production like this.”