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Milton Partners with the Shakespeare Theater Company for Middle School Production

January 2, 2020 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Romance. Angst. Magic. Mischief. Milton’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream combined a contemporary eye, metal music, a grunge vibe and a fastidious ear for Shakespeare’s language. Through voice and movement, middle schoolers transmuted into their characters to present Shakespeare’s quintessential romantic comedy. The gym became a place of enchantment inhabited by lovers, both fairy and human, revealing four interconnected plots: the unrequited loves of Demetrius, Lysander, Hermia and Helena; a play-within-a-play rehearsal of the Pyramus and Thisby legend by a group of amateur and incompetent actors; the dispute between the Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies; and the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons. This fall, Milton partnered with the Shakespeare Theater Company to produce Milton’s first Shakespeare play. Our talented troupe performed at a community performance as well as for fellow students at the North Campus. Bravo to the middle school thespians!