In preparation for our Shakespeare monologues, we each decide on a piece that we feel will showcase our strengths as actors. As time progresses we continue to memorize, polish, and take constructive tips on how to improve in order to portray our piece smoothly and confidently. While performing a monologue in front of others can be nerve racking for most, it is very enjoyable for the audience to see and experience a moment in the life of a character. Every high school student is required to participate in our school’s Shakespeare competition. This year we were fortunate to have three judges from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival come down to judge and evaluate our actors. They gave valuable feedback to all of our actors and chose our winner.
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.