Dramatica Enthralls with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Demonstrating versatility, dynamic range, and mastery of Shakespearean dialogue, members of Oak Knoll’s after-school Dramatica Program take to the stage this weekend to share the frolic and frivolity of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

These fine actors have worked for weeks to emote lines that some individuals have difficulty merely reading. They deftly communicate the many twists and turns in the play and its running themes of true love, affection, and snares of infatuation.

In addition to the terrific performances, the set and lighting design make an impression. Of particular fascination are the fiber-optic flowers — made by our Honors Engineering students — used in the play to cast spells causing love at first sight. 

Magdalene Battista ’26, who expertly handles the role of Demetrius, said, “I love his lines and just the Shakespearean language in general. It’s just so fun to learn and recite the lines. Demetrius is just so fun to play — his competitiveness and his determination. It was pretty challenging memorizing all the lines, but once you get the hang of it, it sticks.”

“Probably, my favorite part about this play is that we’re all getting together and having fun, and I like my character Puck’s chaotic energy. It is enjoyable making his faces — especially in scenes where I just have to react to people and creep around. Very cool,” said Scarlett Mahoney ’26. Her antics in the role are a pleasure to watch.

Dramatica explores stagecraft in various forms: acting techniques, improvisation, lighting, and stage presence. The play premieres tonight, Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m. in the Campion Center for the Performing Arts. Actors return on Saturday, October 28, at 2 p.m. for a matinee performance. Purchase your tickets here.

Stay tuned for another challenging Dramatica performance in the spring. 

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