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Shakespeare Comes to the Hilltop

Jim Norman

A huge BRAVO! to the cast and crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the William Shakespeare play recently presented by our theater program in Maguire Auditorium. Led by Theater Directors Sarah Armstrong and Keiko Mathewson, the students delighted audiences in recreating Shakespeare’s classic comedy for the two-night run. Exceptional stage design, costumes, production, and acting all added up to a first-rate and thoroughly entertaining performance.

Traditionally Shakespeare’s most produced play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream marks the first time Sarah and Keiko have introduced The Bard to the Canterbury stage. “For years, Mrs. Mathewson and I have shied away from directing Shakespeare,” Sarah said on opening night. “Now that we find ourselves moments away from opening our first Shakespeare play ever, we wonder why we didn’t do it sooner!” 

The cast was simply brilliant. They were, in order of appearance: Beckett Reynolds ’23, Grace Nowak ’23, Alisa Koroleva ’25, Anne Melich ’23, Elena Davenport ’25, Ruari Bamrick ’24, Andrew Martin ’23, Bryce Stone ’23, Emily Lang ’24, Eliza Agredano ’24, Zhe “Andrew” Ji ’23, Fiona Yao ’23, Yueanshu “Angel” Fu ’25, Sylvia Pinheiro ’24, Amelia Welsh ’26, Houer “Daisy” Dai ’24, Gianna Martinez ’26, and Victoria Ostrowski ’26. 

And of course, no great play is complete without the crew that makes the magic behind the scenes, including students Fiona Mulheren ’23, Ella Caraluzzi ’24, Madison Lang ’24, Marjan Faqiri ’25, Laurie Etienne ’24, Gabriel Bradshaw ’24, Colleen Gallagher ’24, Veikko Eskelin ’23, Emerson Lilly ’25, and Geoffrey Moran ’24. A special thanks as well to Han “Alisa” Cui ’24 for the beautiful original artwork on the program cover.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been an incredible and rewarding journey. It offers us the chance to examine relationships through the lens of those unfolding on stage,” Sarah said. “As the characters seek acceptance and joy, are anointed by magic, and ultimately discover love, we do too. By sharing this experience together, we are building empathy and connection, something the world needs plenty of these days.”

We are grateful to TheatreWorks New Milford and The Downtown Cabaret Theatre of Bridgeport for loaning us scenic and lighting elements for the production.

Congratulations to our Saints thespians and stage crew for a spectacular show!

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