‘Midsummer’ Community Theater

Our Recruitment Coordinator, Kristen, recently performed in production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Three Leaches Theater Company in Denver, CO. The cast was comprised of 30 actors between the ages of 6 and 60 years old, and was a true representation of the local community. She sat down with the youngest cast members to chat about what they liked best about performing in their first Shakespeare play.

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One of my absolute favorite parts of this show was watching the children get  involved and engaged in the story. The fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream were portrayed by nearly 10 talented children who were so invested in understanding the characters regardless of the advanced Shakespearean language. I was amazed to see how much they absorbed in their first exposure to Shakespeare, and equally as impressed by those who already had experience with Shakespeare and were pursing it further!

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Kristen portraying a distraught Helena, with Lysander (L) and Demetrius (R).


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In our last week of rehearsals, and throughout the final two nights of the show, I conducted a few interviews to get to know my younger cast mates. I wanted to check in with them to see how they were enjoying their time being in the show. Read their adorable answers below!

Mayan

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Isabella (in black) and Mayan (in white) on stage, mid-dance.

“I’m Mayan and I’m 10 years old.”
Kristen: What is your favorite part of summer?
“Um.. All summer’s or this summer?”
K: Let’s do all summer’s and then this summer.
“Um, ok, I like being free from school, and um, having not a lot of things to do, and just doing what I want, and lemonade stands and what not”
K: What about this summer?
“I really liked summer camp this year, it was my first year!”
K: What is your favorite part about being in a play?
“I really like to act, and I like to express my feelings as a different person, or fairy, or whatnot, and explore what it’s like to be something different. And change their character, and add to their character. And I definitely like the dancing!”

Isabel

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Isabel strikes her best fairy pose in the bushes side stage.

K: What’s your name?
“Isabel”
K: How old are you?
“6”
K: What is your favorite part of summer?
“Uhhh, field trips at school?”
K: In the summer? What about when you’re out of school, what are your favorite things to do?
“Go to uh, amusement parks”
K: What is your favorite part about being in this play?
“Dancing!”
K: Which dance is your favorite?
“The one where we go around Oberon and Puck in a circle”
K: What do you like most about acting?
“Being a fairy.”

Alene

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The fairies pamper Bottom as per Titania’s orders

“I am 6 years old, and my name is Alene”
K: What is your favorite part about summer?
“My favorite part of summer is going hiking.”
K: Have you done a lot of hikes this summer?
“Yeah! and um I like playing in the grass when it grows!”
K: What’s your favorite part about being in the show?
“My favorite part about being in the show is when we get to go between all the people that froze.”
(Note: She is referring to a scene at the end of the show where all the “mortals” freeze on stage, the fairies run around between them and do a final dance)
K: And do you like doing a show with your dad, is that fun?
“Yeah! Fun!”

Oscar

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Oscar poses backstage.

“Oscar, um, and I’m 6 and a half”
K: What’s your favorite part of summer?
“Um being with my family… and playing games with my family”
K: What’s your favorite part of being in a play?
“Still spending time with my family in the play!”
K: That’s really nice, because your dad is directing and your sister is in it too right?
“Yup!”

Isabella

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Isabella’s fairy pose, backstage, pre-show closing night!

“Isabella, and I’m 10”
K: What is your favorite part about summer?
“I like going to the pool, and the sun…”
K: That sounds great –
“…and no homework, seeing my friends, and sleeping in late”
K: What is your favorite part about being in a play?
“I like the make-up and costumes, and making new friends”


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Titania, Bottom, and the Fairies.

The show was an outside performance on Founder’s Green in Stapleton, Colorado. The show was sponsored by the Stapleton Master Community Association and produced by a local Denver group called The Three Leaches Theatre Company. The Three Leaches produce their shows on a budget of $1,000 or less to ensure that ticket prices can stay below $10. They believe that theater should be available and affordable to the masses! To learn more, visit their website: www.thethreeleaches.com