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Friday, April 17, 2015

Interview #5 With the Cast of "Midsummer Night's Dream"

   Tonight (Friday) is the premiere of the First Stage production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream!

   The Shakespeare play is a comedy that revolves around several characters, including a magical king and queen who are having a lover's spat, four young lovers who fall in love with the wrong person (thanks to a misguided magic spell), a group of hapless actors who hope for a royal performance, and a man who is stuck with the head of a donkey.

   Let's continue our interviews with the cast! Today we're on the mortal side of the equation, as we hear from one of the two members of royalty represented in the show. 

   Here's Madalein Jackson:

Q: What character do you play?  

Madalein: I play Hippolyta. Hippolyta is the queen and married to Thesus. She's authoritative and doesn't really agree much with her husband. She's quiet but voices her opinions.

Q: Why did you want to be part of this show?

Madalein: I wanted to be a part of the show because I've always found Shakespeare interesting. It's how theatre first began. It's like going all the way back to the beginning.

Q: Was it difficult to learn the dialogue?

Madalein: Yes! Some of the words look like modern day words but are said differently just in that time period. 

Q: Why would you recommend this show to our readers?

Madalein: I would recommend this show to the readers because it's just different! They're probably used to seeing a show they've heard of more often, or something not Shakespeare. It's not everyday one sees or listens to it. 

   Thanks, Madeline!

   A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented at the Cabell County Public Library at 455 9th Street (3rd Floor) on April 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18 and 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. To reserve tickets call 304-416-KIDS.

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