LARGE CAST PLAYS
Copyright 2013. Scott Hunter. All rights reserved
Midsummer is Shakespeare's most often produced play because it is very funny and very accessible. It involves three plots. The first concerns the lovers. Helena loves Demetrius, but Demetrius loves Hermia. Hermia and the rebel Lysander love each other and elope to the forest. Demetrius and Helena follow. Add a little love juice to the eyelids and mistakes rule the day.
The second plot concerns the fairy world. Mighty Oberon and his Queen Titania are at war. Oberon's servant, the mischievous Puck, arranges it so that Titania falls in love with a donkey headed fool.
The fool is part of the third plot. A troop of actors prepare a play to entertain Duke Theseus on his wedding day. In the last scene, the players perform their scene, an over-the-top parody of Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare originally wrote Midsummer for 13 men and 8 women. We've done this play three times and every time we need to write in more parts. This version includes a couple characters borrowed from other Shakespeare plays. Dogberry and Mistress Quickly somehow worked their way into our cast. We also wrote in parts for our freshmen. That means we have a version of the play available without these elements. If you'd rather do that script, with a cast of thirty, it is available. Email us and ask for it.
(Shakespeare wrote 21 speaking part, 13m, 8f)
45 speaking parts, 12m, 26f, 7m/f