A Midsummer Night's Dream
On February 2 and 3 we put on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” a whimsical Shakespeare play about love, magic, and fairies. Accomplishing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” wasn’t as easy as it seems, though. Everyone in the cast rehearsed together and practiced their lines every week. They all worked very hard to fulfill their goals and to make this show a success. They helped each other out with lines and questions they had as well as supporting everyone and offering words of encouragement to their fellow cast members.
The actors did work hard, but it wasn’t just them. The crew also worked as hard behind the scenes to make sure the shows went smoothly. Our stage manager did a lot of hard work as well. She and the other crew members did a great job at the tasks they were assigned to. Everyone also worked together to paint and set up the props. The trees took hours to build and everyone’s efforts to make them look as good as they could did not go unnoticed. Everyone tried as hard as they could and because of that, our production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” turned out amazingly.
"Oh Holy Knight"
Planning and executing “Oh Holy Knight” was a difficult task, but it was a fun and rewarding one as well. “Oh Holy Knight” was a task not only students worked on, but adults as well. Without everyone working together we never would have been able to pull off “Oh Holy Knight,” a humorous and heart-warming short Christmas play, as there were a lot of things we needed in order for the audience to become fully immersed and invested in this world we were partaking in and bringing to life. From the tables and chairs to the masks and the costumes, props were provided and handled nicely by everyone responsible for setting them up and making sure they were in the right places at the right times. We rehearsed tirelessly and helped each other out when we needed it.
We worked hard not only at the play, but on serving and seating guests at the Madrigal Dinner as well, which was also part of the night of festivities and also included us doing some acting. We had to stay in character the entire time we were serving which made the whole thing seem like a tiny extension of the play. Almost like a peek further into the characters of “Oh Holy Knight”.
All in all, I’d say “Oh Holy Knight” went off without a hitch! Everyone performed so well and worked hard together to get everything that needed to be done finished. The night was fun for everyone. Thank you to everyone who helped “Oh Holy Knight!"
On December 8th, 2017 we hosted a Madrigal Dinner. A Madrigal Dinner is a feast set in the Middle Ages with singing, dancing, and acting. Usually, Madrigal Dinners are put on by churches or schools. Or, in our case, a co-op. We had four crews— event, publicity, tech, and costume. These crews worked very hard to make the Madrigal Dinner a success. We also had a great deal of parents who helped out. Without them, the Madrigal Dinner would have never happened. Our event crew planned the decorations and casted our “12 Days of Christmas” song for our dinner finale. Our publicity crew helped us get the word out about our event. Our tech crew put together a wonderful playlist for a medieval mood. Finally, our costume crew put together beautiful ensembles for our “Oh Holy Knight” actors to wear.
The night was filled with family, fun, and a delicious menu. On the morning of the day, we met at our host church to set up for this event. Tables and chairs filled the room along with a large stage. For dinner, salad, ham, chicken, and veggies, along with pound cake for dessert, were served. Later that evening, we had a traditional non-alcoholic wassail. Our “Oh Holy Knight” actors made excellent waiters and waitresses!
Many classes in Shanan partook in the Madrigal dinner. The Junior Worship class did an outstanding performance; the sewing class made adorable table decorations. The drawing class also made delightful table decorations for all to see. The poetry class recited beautiful pieces of poetry. The middle school literature class also recited a few lovely monologues. The worship team performed a magnificent song called “Masters in The Hall”. We, the drama class, put on a very humorous play called “Oh Holy Knight”. A large number of Shanan students acted out a popular Christmas carol the conclude the night- “The 12 Medieval Days of Christmas”. The song was altered to be medieval to accentuate the theme of the night. Overall, we had an extremely successful night. Thank you all who supported us and made the Madrigal Dinner a success.
We, Drama People, take our audition process very serious. This year is the Shakespeare year. We were required to memorize a monologue from an English Speaking Union packet and perform it in front of our teachers in groups. After that, we were called back to read for certain roles in which our teachers thought we would do well. We were selected for our roles depending on how much we commit and how well we portray the character as well as certain factors, like our availability and even physical characteristics. Although this process seems stressful, it’s a lot of fun. The most exciting part is when we get our cast list. This year we put on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream andThe Merry Adventures of Robin Hood.
Some of the drama students have shared their perspectives on this long and exciting process.
“It’s hard but a mountain of fun!” says Drama People actor, Ernie.
Ashton stated, “The audition process can be at first intimidating for two reasons. First, you must decide on your own monologue and memorize it (There are rules and boundaries in choosing). And second, there are more than likely many students competing for the same role as you. The process of auditioning isn’t hard, if you put the time into finding and memorizing your monologue, and get over yourself and be confident and articulate, then the stage is set (pun intended).”
One of the best things to remember when auditioning for Drama People is that there is no such thing as a small role! Every character has purpose ‘cause if they didn’t, why would the play writer bother putting them in there?”
“I love the audition process!” says a freshman with Drama People. “It is a lot of fun and the suspense of waiting for the cast list has me on the edge of my seat! I love working with my friends and being in drama!”
Hannah stated, “Well, I mean it was tough memorizing the Shakespeare monologue. It was definitely a step out of my comfort zone, but I liked it. I picked my monologue and held nothing back. I’m proud of what I put before the judges.”
The audition process takes a long time but is worth it in the end! Thanks to our students, hard-working teachers, and our loving God, our casting for our shows has been a success!
We are the drama class of the Shanan Co-op in Franklin, TN.