The Patriot Players take a new adaptation to an old play

Amanda Roberts

    This fall, the Patriot Players are presenting, once again, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It has been nine years since the show was done last at Liberty, so the Players are taking a new approach with a 1950’s interpretation of the original Shakespearian production.

     “I was trying to decide which show to do and after the first round of auditions it was clear to me that Midsummer was the best choice for the group of students we have this year,” Drama Director Katherine Klekas said. “Until now I’ve never directed the same show twice, but I decided to go ahead because it’s been nine years.”

     With the fifties adaptation of the play, Klekas hopes the cast will be able to modernize the plot and show the audience a different way to understand Shakespeare.

     “It’s sort of the same; it’s just different groups, like instead of mechanicals, which were work people in Shakespeare’s time, there are factory workers and the nobles are like the popular crowd,” said sophomore Riley Bunch.

     There is much preparation that the cast of the play must go through in order to develop an understanding of the play and to properly convey the plot to the audience.

     “For the first couple of weeks we have table work where we go through all of our lines in the script, scan them for stressed and unstressed syllables and translate them into modern speech,” junior and lead in the play, Madelyn Milligan, said.

     The opening night of the play is November 15; tickets will be sold at the door.