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A dreamy production hits Johnson stage

Photo by Liberty Vela

Lauryn Chavez | staff writer

After two months of constant rehearsal, set building, and late nights, Johnson Theatre will have their first play of the year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

It will take place in the auditorium on October 4 – 7. Tickets are  $10 and they’ll be sold at the cafeteria and on their website;

“Midsummer night’s dream is about your basic love story. Lysander and Hermia want to get married, father doesn’t want them to get married because he doesn’t think the boy is good enough for his daughter. He wants her to marry this other gentleman named Demetrius. And there’s another girl Helena who’s in love with Demetrius, but Demetrius wants to be married to Hermia. So we got, not a love triangle, but a love rectangle going on,” the theatre teacher, Jay Asterman said.

There is a different twist on this year’s play, Moulin Rouge. It determines the costumes, background, and props used in the play.    

“Yeah, yeah I’m excited for it. I like how we’re playing Moulin Rouge it’s exciting…The real Moulin Rouge is a theater in France and they’re real famous. They were around a long time ago,” Arianna Michaud, prop crew head, said.

The Moulin Rouge time period is from the early 1900’s. Asterman explained that this year’s take on the timeline doesn’t change the dialogue, but has an effect on all other aspects of the play. Junior Natalia Martin is the head scenic producer and actress, playing Puck and Robin Goodfellow.  

“He’s kind of the reason everything happens because he doesn’t care about the consequences of what he does, or she. It’s a gender bender character. I get to do illusions. I make love birds fall in love with each other when they’re not supposed to. I cause things to happen in the play,and being scenic head is kinda stressful, but it’s really fun. You get to work with Ms. Thompson for set designing,” said Martin.

Although Natalia is an actress she also helps decide and compose many pieces of the set.

“The windmill. I love the windmill a lot. But I also really like the birdcage, and it took a lot of people to work on it, but at the end of the day it’s beautiful,” Martin said. 

“Come and support Johnson Theatre. We do a lot and work really hard. It’ll be a good show that everyone deserves to see,” Junior Connor Fitzmaurice said. 

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A dreamy production hits Johnson stage