By McKenna MIDDLETON, intern
The Crescenta Valley High School (CVHS) Falcon Players formally presents its final endeavor for the school year: William Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Shows are this weekend on Friday and Saturday in the CVHS underground theater (UT) with performances at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days. The group began the 2014-15 year with a production of “The Crucible” in the MacDonald Auditorium to bring an 11th grade curriculum play to life. This time, the Falcon Players will bring this freshman reading list’s Shakespearean comedy to the more intimate atmosphere of the UT. The show was chosen and directed by CVHS drama teacher Brent Beerman.
The story follows a group of four lovers and layman actors whose web of love and hate becomes even more convoluted when a group of fairies begins to intervene. The play takes place in a forest just outside of Athens. Shakespeare’s tale of love, confusion, and magic comes to life through the CVHS Falcon Players.
Complete with intricate costumes, elaborate music and lighting, and professional acting, the Falcon Players’ rendition of the Bard’s classic comedy will not disappoint. Senior Molly Roman portrays the resentful and lovesick Helena. Senior Dylan Sylvester plays her unrequited love interest, Demetrius. Junior Allison Fernandez plays the part of his unrequited love interest, Hermia. Hermia is the mutual lover of Lysander, played by senior Matt Collins. The play has many characters and, from fairy queen to mechanical, each actor brings his own artistic talent to the stage.
“This is my last high school production so it’s very bittersweet. I’m so excited to be playing such a fun character, but I’m also constantly reminded that this is the last time I will be working with this group of people who inspire me every day,” Roman said. “It’s going to be a challenge not having them by my side next year, but I’m so grateful, not only for this last hurrah, but for this theater program as a whole.”
As the final performance by the 2014-15 Falcon Players’ cast, this show is a must-see. It is sure to be a demonstration of the hard work the group has put forth all year and the skills they have mastered during their time in the CVHS Theater Arts Dept.