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Midsummer Night’s Dream

Twenty seven children from toddlers up to teenagers made the Cayman Drama Society’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream a memorable and spectacular performance at the Prospect Playhouse.

Apart from great performances from the actors, the set, lighting and costumes were very professional and imaginative.

The play was given a Cayman twist, with the character Puck appearing as a Blue Iguana, as well as many references to local geography and culture.

William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a love story involving two couples, magic love potions, and fairies all together in a wood. Then there is the right man who falls in love with the wrong woman, and you have all the ingredients for a really great play.

That play produced by the Cayman Drama Society is showing at the Prospect Playhouse in Red Bay.

All of the 27 children who make up the cast played their roles expertly, right down to three year-old Zachary Watler who plays the Indian Changeling boy.

Henry Hill, a Year 10 Clifton Hunter student, played Theseus, and has thoroughly enjoyed his first Cayman Drama Society production, “Being in a CDS production was probably the best decision I made in life,” he said.

15-year-old Alanna Warwick-Smith played the part of Bottom with great verve and finesse, and Alexandra Hayman played Helena.

14-year old Adam Stoner who played Demetrius is no stranger to performing, and is also in the Cayman Prep steel band, Pantastic. “I have really enjoyed being a member of the cast, getting to know everyone and learning a lot about acting,” he said.

In the opening scene, Hermia refuses to follow her father Egeus’s instructions to marry Demetrius, whom he has chosen for her. In response, Egeus quotes before Theseus an ancient Athenian law (in this production, “Caymanian Law,”) whereby a daughter must marry the suitor chosen by her father, or else face death. Theseus offers her another choice: lifelong chastity worshiping the goddess Diana as a nun.

Hermia and Lysander decide to elope that night. They confide their plan to their friend, Helena and she, in love with Demetrius and hoping to win his affections, tells him of the plan. That night, all four lovers steal away into the forest.

A group of Athenia tradesmen, led by Peter Quince, are planning to perform a play, ‘The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe,’ and they decide to rehearse in the same forest.

Oberon sends Puck to find a magic flower, the juice of which, squeezed onto the eyes of someone sleeping, will cause them to fall in love with the first creature they see waking.

Oberon uses the juice on Titania and she falls rapturously in love with one of the tradesmen, Bottom, who has been bewitched by Puck and transformed into a donkey. Oberon also tells Puck to use the juice on Demetrius so that he will fall in love with Helena, but Puck, mistaking the two Athenian youths, uses it on Lysander instead, who falls in love with Helena.

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