As winter begins to fade, spring arrives and with it, Gonzaga University’s spring theater production, "A Midsummer’s Night Dream." Many regard the play as the best comedy Shakespeare produced during his career.
“What is the nature of life? Of love? Are we our own masters or playthings of the gods? Why are we here? These are the questions we raise before you with wonder and drama," said Jaron Fugile, the student director.
Junior Brett Bean plays both Theseus and Oberon in "A Midsummer’s Night Dream." He has previously played Jeff in “Coming Home: A Soldier’s Project."
“It’s been my first real experience working with Shakespeare and has been amazing working with Jaron and the rest of the cast and crew,” Bean said. “There is so much going on within the play and I am a double and playing two roles. But it has been really fun and definitely a learning experience."
Senior Carson Stowell will also perform in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” playing Puck, a fan favorite. Stowell recently played CJ in GU’s production of “Dog Sees God.”
“It’s been really fun,” said Stowell. “I haven’t had a lot of experience with Shakespeare, but compared to the first time I did Shakespeare, I have been able to apply what I’ve learned in being a theater major and put it in this performance.”
The Shakespearean language can prove to be a challenging task for any actor.
“It's definitely the text itself,” Stowell said. “Memorizing the lines is much harder because you need to know it word-for-word and syllable-for-syllable. You can’t let anything slip because it would throw off the structure of the play, since it has been crafted so carefully.”
Despite Shakespeare being a difficult language to understand, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is still a timeless classic.
This version of the play will be different than other iterations. This production will feature five jazz songs sung by Sophomore Patrick Driscoll: “Fly Me to the Moon,” “If You Are But A Dream,” “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “As Time Goes By,” and “(How Little It Matters) How Little We Know.” Driscoll will be accompanied by Brian Venua on the bass, Mason Leach on the piano and Steven Nickolas who will be playing percussion.
The show starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday. Every show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Jordan Corder is a staff writer.