Players to bring Shakespeare to life this weekend

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 5, 2012

 Part of the set of the Grosse Pointe Players latest play includes a swing hanging from a landscape of trees.

Part of the set of the Grosse Pointe Players latest play includes a swing hanging from a landscape of trees.

Photo by April Lehmbeck

GROSS POINTE FARMS — When it comes to whimsical worlds in theater, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is the height of fancy.

Grosse Pointe South Pointe Players are planning to bring this ethereal world to the community this weekend.

Director Lois Bendler praised the hard work the students put into getting ready for opening night.

“These kids are amazing,” she said. “They have learned Shakespearean dialog and they are delivering it with conviction and believability. The audience will find it very accessible and fun to watch.”

She said she chose the play for reasons that included its lightheartedness.

“It’s all about love and fairies and mischief and fun,” Bendler said, adding that the students are “having a wonderful time.”

Performances will be held in South’s auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Once again, district technical director Dan Vicary shines with set creation by capturing a lush green set fit for fairies and fantasy.

During rehearsal earlier this week, students were gearing up for their big weekend throughout the auditorium and adjacent hallways. There are about 36 students taking part, including 23 cast members.

In one hallway, the stage crew formed a circle to discuss their mission for the night. Bendler said this group of students works “like an oiled machine, making the set work.”

Junior Connor Reinman is in charge of all of the students in the stage crew, standing on one side of the circle, encouraging students for their task.

“I like working with all these people,” he said. “The great part of any theater production is the people that you get to meet.”

Some of the cast members crowded into another hall where actors were getting their head shots taken.

One of those actors, junior Nate Turner, said this was his second Pointe Players production, and he is enjoying this play.

“This play is just so absolutely over the top, it’s a lot of fun to be in,” Turner said. “It’s very upbeat.”

Yet, it also has some challenges.

“The most challenging thing, I’d say, is finding the humor in Shakespeare,” he said, commenting on the Shakespearean language. “It’s always buried under.”

Junior Christian Scillian, another actor in the play, said she always loved this play.

“I really like dancing, so that’s been a great part of this,” she added. “I really like Shakespeare.

“It’s fun to be a part of, because it’s so whimsical,” she said.

Tickets cost $12 with a discounted rate of $10 for students and senior citizens.