By Anna Youngkin '18
Trapier Theater, founded during the 1967-68 school year, has been a respite for theater nerds from both sides of the close to collaborate creatively, make new friends, and explore their own individual expression for the past 50 years. This year, the Thespian Society is focusing on ways to celebrate the 50 years of theatrical history on the close. One of the ways the theater community is celebrating our theater is producing both a play and a musical set in the sixties. The fall play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, has already begun rehearsals.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written by William Shakespeare in 1596 and remains one of his most popular and well-known plays. The play is set in Athens and follows three concurrent stories: one of four young Athenian lovers, one of a group of six wanna-be actors, and one of the mythological fairies controlling the fates of them all. Now how exactly does Mr. Snipe plan to turn a 400-year-old play set in Athens into something set in the sixties? While some lines have been taken out for length purposes, the majority of the script remains unchanged. The story itself is also unchanged; there are still fairies and a duke and four lovers running around in the forest. It seems like the main differences between a more original interpretation of the play and the version Mr. Snipe has envisioned relies primarily on costumes and set. Instead of wearing traditional athenian garb, the characters will be sporting authentic styles from the late sixties. Some of these styles include endless tie-dye, fit and flare jeans, go-go boots, funny looking collars, and many others trends of this time period. The list goes on and on. Mr. Lampasona has also provided some insight into the set, which will be very innovative and interactive.
So while this version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream may not involve the extreme changes some of us may have been expecting when we heard “set in the sixties,” the performance will be celebrating the founding of Trapier Theater through the costumes and some aspects of the set. The performance will be November 10th, 11th, and 12th, and I hope plenty of students will come out to see the product of all our hard work and join us in celebrating Trapier Theater.