Midsummer Night's Dream

Das Sprachprofil S4P1 (Frau Jaeger) präsentierte im März 2017 eine Produktion basierend auf Shakespeares Midsummer Night's Dream. Hier eine Beschreibung in englischer Sprache: Upon hearing the word “Shakespeare, most think of centuries-old, hours-long and serious, boring plays – and not of witty and funny, relatable and entertaining comedies. “A Midsummer Night´s Dream” is one of those. It narrates, in a magical world inhabited by fairies and wonders, the fate of the four young lovers Hermia, Helena, Demetrius and Lysander. Trying to fulfil their wishes and desires of love, they have to deal with rejection, betrayal and heart breaks. Hermia´s father disapproves of his daughter´s choice to marry Lysander and would rather wed her to Demetrius – whom Hermia cannot stand. And then there is Helena, Hermia´s best friend and madly in love with Demetrius, but not loved back. They decide to flee into the magic forest. There, things get out of hand when a big misunderstanding confuses the lovers´ hearts even more: Oberon, the King of the Fairies, instructs his servant Puck to make Demetrius fall in love with Helena. But the clumsy Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius and thus applies the love potion to the wrong man! The confusions and disasters that follow show, maybe better than any other piece of art, that “the course of true love never did run smooth”, and that any attempt at directing this course cannot but fail; it will be only directed by its own magic. And although the love potion plays an important part in the development of the plot, it should not be forgotten that love itself is the most powerful and also dangerous spell there is. Exactly this is what Shakespeare tries to tell the audience with his play: the four innocent lovers lose their minds, put themselves into danger and, finally, start to fight each other – all because of the feeling we all know. Anyone who has ever experienced love´s ecstasies and tortures will be able to identify with one of the characters, as their personal stories and struggles reflect universal, never changing themes. All this makes the “Dream” one of the most famous and beloved pieces of world literature, and it is easy seeing why. Some dreams seem to be more real and vivid that the waking world – Shakespeare´s comedy is one of those dreams, and we hope that when the play is over and you wake up again, you will be able to appreciate love´s daily miracles even more, as they can be found not only on the theatre stage but also on this other stage that is our world and life. (Lucas Pietrapiana, S4)