Director’s Notes

It’s been 30 years since Carroll College produced a play by William Shakespeare. Fittingly, perhaps, that production was also A Midsummer Night’s Dream


It’s been over 400 years since Midsummer was first performed. But it remains an ideal play for a college, because at its heart this is a young lover’s tale: a romp through the forest of desire and disappointment, confusion and youthful joy.


Midsummer is often remembered because of the fairies. Drawing on pre-Christian folklore, Shakespeare imagined a kingdom of nature spirits whose amoral passions have a way of interfering in human affairs. Fantasy and folly make a lovely couple.


Of course, we’re more enlightened these days; so we call the fairies by different names.    


“...taut and deftly cut production...Shakespeare presents numerous problems for an academic company. Most notably, there is the language, and the Carroll Players succeed admirably in making ideas perfectly clear. The actors understand the play, and most speak the Elizabethan lingo as easily as contemporary slang.

All four of the young lovers...are delightful. Their chase scenes crackle with energy, fire and humor as they throw themselves at one another or are literally dragged across the stage.

The fairies are used effectively to move from scene to scene, both  by fluid movement sequences  (choreographed by Sarah Wilbur) and by actually moving the scenery in an aesthetic manner. They also act as an occasional Greek chorus to echo the words of Titania and Oberon. Their floating in and out of scenes give the production a lovely mystical quality.

The production is enhanced by Cecilia Mason-Kuenn’s period costumes, Jim Maston’s movable and swirling set, Scott M. Boyle’s mood-producing lighting, and most especially, by the alternately ethereal and bouncy sound design of Tim Curtis and Edward Morgan.

Kudos to Carroll College for giving its students the opportunity to work with world-class director Edward Morgan. He keep the performance interesting and lively throughout the two hours.”

–  TimeOut

Lights: Scott Boyle

Costumes: Ceclia Mason-Kuenn

Set: Jim Matson

Sound: Tim Curtis & Edward Morgan

Movement Coach: Sara Wilbur

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