When love gives you lemons, make lemonade! We all know that love is difficult, very difficult, especially if it’s unrequited. In our lives, we strive to chase after the people we adore and admire, even if that requires us to be persistent and enduring. Well, what if I told you that what I am describing to you right now is what exactly happened to the characters in the play.
For the past few weeks, my group and I have worked on our play. It is an interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There were four parts to the director’s notebook: staging, costume design, prop design, and music selection. I was responsible for getting the staging aspect done. Andrew designed the characters’ costume. Anthony designed the props. And lastly, Kevin chose the music to go along with the film. The parts we interpreted for the play was Act 3 Scene 2, lines 35-140. Below includes a slide show of all the group member’s parts, my rationale, the script that we interpreted, and the final film. Enjoy!
For the director’s notebook, I’ve mainly worked on writing the script, editing the final performance, and planning the staging aspect of the performance. Firstly, the main thematic issue that our group explored within our performance was the unpredictable dynamics of love. Acting as Demetrius in the performance, I was able to use words and movements to present Demetrius as a perseverant, single-minded character who had a prolonged desperation to win over Hermia’s heart. For example, when I followed Hermia to her locker, I was very insistent and had my body slanted towards Helena the whole time. I also had used various expressive hand gestures such as raising my hands up with my palms separated and facing each other to reveal my outgoing and welcoming charisma. In addition to that, the way I delivered my lines and my tone of voice was very dynamic. For example, I emphasized words that was important such as “so” and “still”, allowing Demetrius as a character to seem desperate for Hermia’s love. Furthermore, my tone of voice also had an element of desperateness to it. Throughout the scene, my voice remained very high pitched and breathy. This is to further indicate that Demetrius’s eagerness to mend their relationship.
Since I was responsible for the staging aspect of the play, I’ve managed to use blocking to enhance the characterization, theme, and setting of the scene. Starting with characterization, I was able to plan all the characters movements, actions, and interaction with the other characters so that it would best showcase their personality and intentions. For example, when Hermia gets followed by Demetrius to her locker, I’ve staged her so that her body points forward, with her head tilted upwards. Since this shows that she is confident and doesn’t want to interact with Demetrius in any way, it demonstrates her bold and self-assertive character. In addition, I’ve also staged Oberon and Puck’s characters so that it would reveal their secretive yet compassionate personalities. For example, when Oberon and Puck are secretly discussing their plan in the bathroom hallway, Oberon is staged so that he leans forward, with his head above Puck’s shoulder to whispers his question to Puck.
The theme of the unpredictable dynamics of love was another aspect I tried to incorporate through staging. For example, when Demetrius gets rejected by Hermia, I’ve staged Demetrius so that his “body is slightly angled towards Helena.” This shows that Demetrius is very persistent and is desperately trying to win over Hermia’s love. This reveals the theme because before he gets rejected by Hermia, he is unsure about whether his persistence she will love him back, showing that love is always unpredictable. When Hermia rejects Demetrius at her locker, I’ve staged Demetrius so that he “turns around with his back towards the locker and bends down with his hands on his knees.” Since the feeling I am trying to emphasize by staging him this way is sadness and depression, I am able to further support the theme. This is because after Hermia’s rejection, the atmosphere suddenly shifts from being joyous to being melancholic, revealing that love is very unpredictable.