Class IV Play Takes the Stage
by Faith Pang on Friday, November 8th, 2013
This year’s freshman play mocks a cultural symbol Milton students can relate to: Jersey Shore. We all like to make fun of Snooki, JWoww and Pauly D, each with an exuberant, entertaining personality. Full of magic, beach bums, and unexpected twists, Midsummer/Jersey is a fun, modern rendition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A synthesis of two plots, this humorous version is set in modern New Jersey.
In the first plot, a group of beauticians is trying to get its act together to perform Romeo and Juliet at a governor’s wedding. The second plot, which is similar to the Shakespearean play, features a love triangle surrounding four teenagers. Mia, played by Eshani Chakrabarti (IV), and Lyle, played by Dalton Letorney (IV), are lovers, though Dennis, Nick Govindan (IV), loves Mia as well. Moreover, young Helene, Chloe Walker (IV), is head over heels for Dennis. Taking pity on Helene, a group of mischievous fairies attempt to set her up with someone else. However, the fairies make a mistake, accidentally putting their love spell on Lyle, who falls in love with Helene. Realizing their mistake, the fairies, in an attempt to mend their error, cast a spell on Dennis to fall in love with Helene. However, the spells end up causing a trainwreck as Mia and Helene partake in a catfight and the two boys get into a fist fight.
With twenty freshmen actors, many tech members, and a handful of costume designers, this play’s variety of contributors adds spice and humor to this production. Olivia Zhong (IV) plays a student and a fairy, while Cheyenne Porcher (IV) plays Terri Thumbs, a beautician at the salon whom Cheyenne describes as an “airhead.”
Next week, these freshmen actors will begin their “Tech Week.” Though this week will be stressful, there is already excitement from both the producers and fans of the Freshman Play. Cheyenne encourages everyone to come out and watch, as “the show is hilarious, and we’re all working really hard on it.” Be sure to support the actors of the Class of 2017 on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday on November 14th-16th.
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