Just over a week to go before ACG Tauranga’s professionally directed production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the first theatre performance to be held in the school’s new gym.
With a cast of 22 students and many others helping out with sound and lighting, set and props creation, front of house, hair and makeup, the production will be a feat of planning and design.
Director and ACG Tauranga parent Nadine Tibbits, who runs her own company Ad Lib Productions Ltd., said the gym provided a blank canvas that would be magically transformed.
“This is a great play to direct as it has no temporal setting, so gives us creative licence to create the Athenian World that both the mortals and the immortals inhabit. The style we are going for is ‘Grecian and Ethereal’, with a mix of contemporary and traditional elements. Clever set design, costuming and lighting will help us incorporate both ‘earthy’ and ‘mystical’ aspects,” she explained.
One of Shakespeare’s best-known comedies, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ provides a good introduction to performing Shakespeare for younger students with easy poetic language in rhyming couplets, and a ‘play within the play’ structure that’s both enjoyable for actors to perform and a hit with audiences.
Since last term, Ms Tibbits and assistant director Gin Mabey have been working closely with students to teach stagecraft, develop characterisation techniques, learn lines and understand the inherent meanings in the text.
Ms Tibbits said it was refreshing to work with young people and rewarding to be a part of their performance development.
“It is definitely a learning process for many of the students, and there are varying levels of experience within the cast. We have created a supportive performance environment and encourage all the students to respect and support each other. We hope they have such a positive experience throughout that they will want to return again for next year’s school production!”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
ACG Tauranga Sports Complex
Friday 8 September 7pm, Saturday 9 September 2pm and 7pm
General admission – donation at the door