Opening night and a full house - wonderful! The audience was appreciative, the sets wonderful and the actors full of energy and right on their game. The play was preceded by beautiful classical music provide by Camilla and friends, followed by some wonderful singing by the local Philharmonic Choir. If you haven't already bought your tickets, there's still time. Below are some images I captured during that first performance.
Patrons of Midsummer Night's Dream purchasing a
raffle ticket have the opportunity to win this wonderful
stage prop made by Julie Hulme. It will be drawn at
the final performance.
Be sure to get your tickets!
It's down to the final preparations this week and Opening Night is only 5 sleeps away.
Bump in was yesterday for the lighting crew and today for the set. It's a huge job and as always, the more helpers the easier the job.
The entire Dream team will be working together this week to make this a seamless lead in week ............ WOW .... how exciting! After all the hard work, it's finally here.
From what I've seen, this is a fantastic production with some very professional acting and directing. Perhaps now would be a good time to get everyone's autographs!
Director Lyds and cast members presented a number of scenes at the Gallery to a very enthusiastic audience, while President Di and Publicity Officer Rosemary handed out flyers and encouraged attendance at performances.
Julie has been with the MTC now for the past 6 years after arriving in M'bah from Sydney where she worked on & off in the music industry in sound engineering & music management. The current Technical & Artistic Director, Julie is often found in the Bio Box operating the sound desk for music & SFX cues. She has also directed several MTC plays including Vicar of Dibley, Caravan & 'Allo 'Allo.
This stalwart group of six Athenian craftsmen want to put on a play for the duke and the duchess on their wedding night – but things don’t go as smoothly as expected.
Our trusty Mechanicals are Nick Bottom the weaver (Colin Elliot), Peter Quince the carpenter (Ken Corbitt), Francis Flute the bellows mender (Rob Olver), Robin Starveling the tailor (Warren O’Brien), Tom Snout the tinker (Charles Hurley) & Snug the joiner (Ursula O’Grady).
Rehearsals are often hilarious, thanks mainly to the antics of Bottom, and keep cast and crew chuckling well into the night.
But there’s more to the Mechanicals than just amateur acting. Bottom keeps the crowd in stitches and can be relied upon to ensure the entire production runs smoothly. Quince nails up posters and writes media releases. Flute produces stunning photographic books. Starveling fashions swords, scrolls, lanthorns and model cars. Snout tinkers with boats. Snug joins charity and community groups.
Most hard-working of all at rehearsals is courtier and understudy for all the Mechanicals, Jim Ronchetti. He fills in for anyone who is away, for the entire troupe as well. He also seems to mow a lot of lawns…
Mirth, merriment and mayhem are assured from the Mechanicals in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the entire 22-strong cast are working their butts off to make this MTC production the best it can be. Not to mention the dozens of talented people doing sound, lighting, costumes, stage management, set building, props and so much more. It’s a big job doing Shakespeare, and it wouldn’t be possible without the inspired leadership of director Lydia Plim and assistant director Bryanne Jardine.
Come to the show – and see for yourself.
Now you might think you've seen it all but Director Lyds is keeping a few things under wraps for a big reveal on opening night. If the costumes that have been revealed already are anything to go by, I can't wait for opening night!
Wow! When I finally see all of the costumes together in any production, I'm always in awe of the talent of our wardrobe mistress, Robyn Crossan. Every production, without fail, Robyn says "I can't do this; there's never enough time; no-one understands the work that needs to be done; this is the last time", but every time she delivers above and beyond anyone's expectations. And this time is no different. Three cheers for an unsung hero of MTC!
These are Director, Lyd's words about the Sneak Preview of dream on Saturday at the Mur'bah Library and in Main Street :-
"A huge thank you to those who participated in the Sneak Preview & Flash Mob performances today.
IT WAS FABULOUS!
We certainly gained a lot of attention and positive engagement from the audiences at the different venues and the feedback was excellent. Terrific publicity for the show and .......... what AMAZING ACTING ! WOW .... as soon as I said GO for each scene ........ The actors just came to life in their characters and performed as well as any group of professional actors I have ever seen for street theatre (and I do not give that sort of praise lightly) ... Congratulations to you all, crew included..... and thank you for your co-operation, diligence, hard work and passion."
And below are a few photos from the event:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WILL!
A.D. Bryanne baked a birthday cake to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday, and the cast sang 'happy birthday' as Director Lyds cut it.
It took all of 10 seconds for the cast to demolish it!
On this occasion it is timely to remember that his plays are still the pinnacle, his poetry among the finest and many phrases he coined are still in wide usage. There is just no escaping the Bard; his influence on the English language has stood the test of time thus far, with little sign of relenting. Even those who "don't do Shakespeare" speak his words in their daily lives. Most of us will have quoted the playwright thousands of times without knowing it. Ever had "too much of a good thing" (As You Like It) or enjoyed the "Knock, Knock" joke "Knock knock! Who's there?" ( Macbeth) Perhaps friends have "eaten (you) out of house and home" (Henry IV, Part II) or you’ve used the phrases "Mum's the word" (Henry VI, Part II) "A wild goose chase" (Romeo and Juliet) "There's the rub" or "There's method in my madness" (both from Hamlet).
These are just a handful of well-used sayings that come courtesy of Shakespeare.