Aliso Niguel Theater Performs “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”


Image from the Aliso Niguel Theater Company.

Asli Bilgin, Staff Writer

  With numerous challenges along the way, Aliso Niguel’s Theatre Company managed to perform a great production of Shakespere’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  The production took place on November 12, 13, and 14 and featured a talented cast and crew as they live streamed the event from the school, to everyone’s homes. Since the play was live streamed, no matter where viewers were they could watch the show, and had viewers from all over the country.

  A Midsummer Night’s Dream told the story of amusements taking place throughout the night in order to prepare for a wedding between the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta, the queen of the amazons, after Theseus bests them in battle.

  Though all the COVID-19 restrictions made it harder to perform,  “I think we made it work, and this production was the best it could have been with the circumstances.” Throughout the production, different cohorts of students were assigned to attend on different days, and “wore masks the whole time as well as kept some distance within the cohorts, and wore gloves the whole time.”

  Even from watching the play at home, it was evident how much work was put into it. As well as the performances from each member of the cast was very well done, and put Shakespere’s work in a new light for younger and familial audiences.

  Aliso Niguel’s theatre company worked tirelessly to put on an amazing performance of the play and practiced constantly beforehand. Crewmate Molly Dewees says, “It was very stressful but I liked how it all turned out.”

  Dewees also shares her experience on the crew, saying “I really liked being on crew since my field of puppets was very involved in the show. The other crews did amazing too!”

  But there were a few technical difficulties throughout the show which is understandable, as crew members were new to streaming their events instead of performing live in front of an audience. But all around, “the live stream was a good alternative to not being able to do a live performance.”

  Company members say that performing through a live stream was a great learning experience, but they hope to resume performances through in person events once COVID-19 is no longer an issue. The company has already announced their spring musical, Newsies, and are holding auditions throughout this week.