We’re just a week away from the first performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
It’s the first time Huntington’s First Stage Theatre has tackled a Shakespeare play, and they’ve assembled a talented cast of students to tackle the comedy!
We have a series of interviews with the members of the cast in the next week - let’s start with one of the “Rude Mechanicals” (a hapless group of workers who decide to stage a show for the wedding of the king).
Here’s Caroline Kinley:
Q: What character do you play?
Caroline: I play Tom Snout the tinker - and also “The Wall.” My character is very sarcastic and dumb, but he hates to be humiliated and is very kind and nurturing.
Q: What is A Midsummer Night’s Dream about?
Caroline: The play is about young lovers being tricked by magical characters who are having an issue among their loved ones as well. Meanwhile, the rude mechanicals, (other men in the play), are working on hosting a play for the royals for Theseus' nuptial day.
Q: Why did you want to be part of this show?
Caroline: I wanted to be a part of the show because theater is my favorite hobby and I absolutely love Shakespeare!
Q: Was it difficult to learn the dialogue?
Caroline: It was not difficult for me personally to learn the dialogue, but there are some challenging words here and there.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the show?
Caroline: My favorite part of the show is at the end when the rude mechanicals are showing the play to the royals and make absolute fools of themselves because they are just trying to be the best they can be to impress the people at most high.
Q: Why would you recommend this show to our readers?
Caroline: I recommend the show because I think that this is a very educational play we are putting on and you get romance, comic relief, and troublemaking thrown in the scheme of things. I hope you enjoy the show!
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.