Abe in A Midsummer Night's Dream

(Last Update: 08:19 PDT 6 July 2012 )

This production by the 8th-grade drama class at Georgiana Bruce Kirby Preparatory School on 7 June 2010 was supposedly the result of more than a quarter's work. Unfortunately, most of the actors were barely off-book, and the number of pauses and fumbled lines was large even by the standards of a school play. The first director, Nigel Sanders-Self, got ill and MarNae Taylor had to take over in the last couple weeks of the semester. The students had not finished a complete rehearsal before the day of the play.

The pictures below have links to larger images.

Abe had two parts: Puck and Philostrate.

MarNae Taylor, the second director.

Puck, in his first scene

Oberon and Puck with the love-inducing flower.

Puck annointing the sleeping Lysander with the love potion.

Puck observing the argument between Hermia and Helena.

Titania and Bottom in her bower. The use of Uggs for the ears was a last-minute improvisation during the performance, when it was realized that Bottom's costume did not have an ass's head.

Hippolyta, Theseus, and Philostrate as Theseus chooses to see the play.

Never was Puck's closing speech "Gentles do not reprehend" so needed.

sketch of Kevin Karplus by Abe
Kevin Karplus's home page
Abe with glasses
Abe's home page
Abe as Alfonso Churchill
Abe's theater page

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