Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Fairy Magic! Midsummer Night’s Dream Preview Performances

Hello readers!

When last I left you, I was very curious about what kind of music my 3rd – 5th grade students would bring to choreograph and teach to our Saturday dance class.  I was totally unsure of what kinds of songs they were going to bring in—Miley Cyrus?  The Jonas Brothers?  High School Musical?  Basically, I expected a ton of goofy pop songs… but as class began, I was pleasantly surprised to find they had selected a nice variety of music.

They arrived with all kinds of songs, from “All-Star” by Smash Mouth to a video game-themed parody of “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz to “Rave On” by Buddy Holly!  The diversity of musical styles made me much happier than I would have been if they’d all brought in cookie-cutter pop music, and I was so proud of the fact that they went in different directions all on their own.  This variety provides a perfect segue into discussing genres of music, and we may even talk about traditional styles of dance for each genre!  Ahh, you’ve gotta love it when your students make planning lessons that much easier on you…


Midsummer Night's Dream

Sarah Ireland as Titania

So Saturday classes came and went, and I found myself in the middle of tech week for A Midsummer Night’s Dream… and oh my goodness, this show is going to be beautiful!  The lighting design uses rich, gorgeous saturated colors that nearly become physically tangible as they stream through the slowly dissipating haze from the fog machines.  Plus the light picks up every single piece of glitter on either the set or the costumes (which are also gorgeous).  The music used in the show is likewise amazing—it perfectly sets the mood of each scene, and there may even be a hit pop song somewhere in the mix.  I’m sure the middle school and high school audiences are going to love that little gem, so keep an ear out for it!


A Midsummer Night's Dream - Kristin Shirilla

Kristin Shirilla (Mustardseed)

Last night was our first preview for Midsummer, and it went quite well!  The cast was through-the-roof about finally having a real audience—it completely changes the energy of the show (for the better!).  Of course, it was still technically a rehearsal, so there were a few little wrinkles here and there… but the audience sounded like they were far too busy enjoying themselves to notice!

Basically, the show looks fantastic, and we only have one preview left.  The cast is very excited about opening night of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and kicking off the Classic Rep this weekend!  Hope to see you there!

A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Fairies

A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Fairies


Meet Kristin Shirilla

Kristin is a recent graduate of Ohio University’s BFA acting program, an Orlando Shakes acting intern for the 2010-2011 season.  Don’t miss her in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Mustardseed or in Pride and Prejudice as the spoiled Lydia Bennett. Ohio University credits include THE TEMPEST (Miranda), ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Octavia, Lepidus, and more) and LOVE’S LABOURS LOST (Moth)


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