Upper School Shines in A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Mariel Rosati '19, Editor in Chief

This year’s Upper School Play was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As someone whose knowledge of A Midsummer Night’s Dream doesn’t go past that one Suite Life of Zack and Cody episode, I am not exactly qualified to give a review about this play’s book to stage adaptation. However, I do know a good performance and this was definitely an amazing production.

I saw the play on opening night and I think it was the best Montrose play in years. My group of friends, both Montrosians and students from other schools, agreed that it was very well done and entertaining.

The highlight of the show was seeing Anna Sheehan giving a stellar performance as energetic, mischievous Puck. Every actor did a fabulous job, but standouts were Jen Uche as Demetrius, Emma Barry as Helena, and scene stealer Mari Koujoumjian as Francis Flute.

This modern version of the Shakespearean classic was complete with Taylor Swift renditions and iPhone use. However, the show escaped the trap that contemporary shows often fall in to, and it still produced a well done interpretation of a traditional story. This year, the cast took use of both the stage and audience areas under Ms Locke’s direction and gave the audience a closer look at the action.

I want to give a special shout out to the senior actors, as this is their last upper school play. Veteran actor and stage manager extraordinaire Becky Gillis, veteran actor and makeup queen Abby McAvoy, and play newcomer and ultimate trooper (she performed while sick!) Ayana Murphy.

Congratulations to Ms Locke, Miss Thordarson, Miss Joyce, the cast, crew, and everyone else who made the show so amazing!