Some friends of ours were in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream over at the Stadium Ward church building, so I took Kate to see it. Her first Shakespeare play!
They used the arch backdrops from Mod Prom. I thought it was fun that they got used again so quickly.
This is the way Shakespeare is meant to be experienced. I've never had any personal affection for this particular play, but I think it was a great choice for an introduction. It's visually interesting, and also one of the shortest of Shakespeare's plays. (This wasn't quite the whole text--edited for length, I guess.) I don't think Kate followed the language that well, but she enjoyed the costumes and the emoting, and I filled her in on what was going on.
Though perhaps I should have a personal affection for it, since it has not only a Helena but also the word Jole. ("I'll go with thee, cheek by jole.") You have to admit that's pretty cool.
When I asked Kate what she liked about the play, she said "The girl in the blue dress." That's our friend Marley, as Hermia.
The player presenting Wall.
"I can hear my Thisby's face!"
The Players were hilarious, and the girl playing Puck was excellent. All the kids did a great job of projecting. I was impressed!
With a couple of language geeks for parents, I'm sure our kids will have plenty of exposure to Shakespeare. Daddy can tell them all about Chaucer and Beowulf.