Mean Girls in Mean Dreams, an interpretation of a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

You’d think that the classic ‘chick-flick’ comedy Mean Girls and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream wouldn’t go together, but somehow Claire, Catherine, and I made it work. I mean, if you think about it, they’ve both got love, tons of insults, backstabbing, fights—you know, all the good stuff. Based on the argument in Act 3 Scene 2, lines 222-344, the three of us transformed it into a typical high school, drama-filled, clique story.


I contributed to this project by choosing all of the music and explaining the reasons for those choices. I also wrote most of the script and subtext then formatted it to its final stage, as well as arranging the staging + blocking according to the script. In addition to that, I also voiced ideas and helped in the planning for the other elements of the Director’s Notebook.

Mean Girls in Mean Dreams looks at the chaos of love and the consequences that follow the foolish actions people make when in love. My character, Helena, starts off as confused and bewildered among the absurd conflict between Lysander and Demetrius to reflect the mayhem love brings. She slinks back against the lockers, contrasting the intense aggression of the other characters in the scene and the order and normality of the setting, a typical high school hallway.

Helena jumps into the conflict soon after, provoked by her unfounded hatred of Hermia. She fights with Hermia over a foolish thing—their physical insecurities, insulting each other over shallow things and effectively ruining their friendship because of the useless turmoil. The conflict escalates quickly, accompanied by intense music to further enhance the mood, with Lysander and Demetrius’s fight getting more and more ridiculous in the background and focusing on Helena spiraling while she gets increasingly furious towards Hermia, resulting in one messy argument. Her method of dealing with the other characters and her own sudden temper shows the foolishness of people in love. 

All throughout this scene, not a single character is actually arguing about an important thing or bringing up any pertinent issues, instead choosing to either brag about themselves or fight about trivial matters like appearance. Despite this, all of these fights arise because of love, which caused this chaos. 

quotes from Mean Girls are used in the script