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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theatrical Review

posted 7 Mar 2014, 03:59 by Google Google   [ updated 7 Mar 2014, 04:00 ]

“The best school production I have ever seen”

This musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s a midsummer night’s dream, with music & Lyrics by Wade Ablitt was an outstanding accomplishment by the Performing Arts production team of Felixstowe Academy, with many members of the audience commenting that this was “the best school production I have ever seen”.

This diverse and awe-inspiring show was life changing for both the cast and the specialist Technical production crew as nothing like this had been attempted before.

Matthew Soaper the director set out on this journey “to do justice to the Shakespearian piece which has been turned into a musical for the first time”, and he succeeded admirably. Every part of the play was performed with passion and enjoyment with each cast member developing into their own roles and personality to give this musical the ‘west end’ feel of which it disserved.

Puck, played by Taryn Mason, enthralled the audience with actor-audience participation which made them feel as if they were part of the musical themselves and kept them on the edge of their seat, bringing the audience into the storyline multiple times.

During the interval and after the performance I was approached by many people who expressed their astonishment of how enjoyable the musical was, one of them proclaimed “a great show, absolutely superb, this musical adaptation is going to have a fantastic future, hopefully putting smiles on many, many more faces”. 

Every single person I spoke to on that evening had tremendous things to say about the cast and crew of this show, repeatedly coming up was the outstanding work between the technical crew and the director throughout the performances which made each show aberrant and interesting in its own way. 

At the very beginning of rehearsals, this production seemed at first to be trial and error as the students explored the most effective way of presenting this Shakespeare comedy.

In the end the teamwork of the cast, production executives and the technical team turned this script into a vibrant and thoroughly enjoyable show which in the words of the director Matthew Soper “will surely go on to bigger things”.

This was a clear success; it shows you what can be produced when you put together a clever idea, a extraordinary writer, a witty director, a exceptional cast and a expert production team......and of course a lot of rehearsals!

By Alexander Murray

Felixstowe Academy Student Reviewer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Technical Writer