A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sandbach High School’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was, true to its name, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Following on from the previous year’s triumph, this year’s production had a lot to live up to but neither cast nor crew should have been worried; it delivered Shakespearian enjoyment from curtain up to curtain call. Staged in the charmingly crafted Athenian forest, audiences were dazzled with two hours of Elizabethan revelry that were a true testament to Shakespeare’s comedy. Occasionally interspersed by beautifully harmonised musical items, accompanied perfectly by a small but effective orchestra, the acting spoke for itself as the students delivered one of the Bard’s most famous works like professionals. From confused lovers to fairy king and queen, the intricate characterisations left audiences dazzled and once again demonstrated the extensive commitment and hard work put into the production by the students and staff involved. Furthermore, the crew’s efforts before and during the production were not unnoticed and helped to create the magical realism that underpins the text. From the enchanting set, to the atmospheric lighting, to the carefully coordinated costumes, each aspect of the production was designed with a clear attention to detail and for this the crew should rightly claim their share of the rapturous applause that filled the hall. The Performing Arts Faculty have once again demonstrated that their creative flare can handle even the tallest order; proving that even though the course of true love never does run smooth, school productions of such quality certainly can.