Earlier this term, our intrepid Year 5 performers undertook one of the greatest theatrical challenges there is—Shakespeare! In a number of performances spread across a week, they wowed their audiences, including other students and their very proud families. Three of our performers have here reflected on the experience.
Mikaela Stark (5G) writes:
At the start of Term 2 our teachers announced we would be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids. They gave us an audition script and we had to remember the lines and perform it to both classes. Mr David and Mrs Maina decided to mix up the classes so some people from Mrs Maina’s class were in Mr David’s cast.
We rehearsed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we did that every week. Mr David’s cast performed on Wednesday 7th November and Mrs Maina’s cast performed on Thursday 8th November. We rehearsed in our classrooms until Tuesday 6th November. We performed our play in the hall and we had to set the hall up.
We were always told to slow down and be louder. It was a fun experience and I loved learning my lines. We listened to the play over and over again. Mr David got Mrs Lainson to come in and see our play and tell us what we can improve on.
We all had to share our costumes and props. Most of us just had to wear a black t-shirt and dark pants. The main characters, Helena, Hermia and Hippolyta had to wear a dress but the rest wore dark clothes.
I loved being mixed with the classes—it was fun learning our lines together and watching the videos that Mr David recorded of us. It took about an hour to set the hall up and an hour to pack it up.
The next day after our performance our director/teacher gave us all an ice cream to “thank us”! I enjoyed performing to everyone. It was so much fun and I would so do it again. This was a GREAT experience!
Ben Christian (5G) writes:
In Term 2 our teachers announced we were going to perform the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids. We were all excited and nervous at the same time. Some of us had siblings that had already done the play in Year 5 so they knew about it.
The main characters were the four loves, Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena; the fairies, Oberon, Puck and Titania; Peter Quince and Nick Bottom.
The auditions took place Term 2, Week 8. There were two casts so only two of each character. Most boys tried out for Lysander and girls Hermia or Helena, but Puck was the most common. About a week later we found out our parts. Most people were happy with their part but some weren’t. But it didn’t stop there—for another month or two, people were swapping parts. It eventually settled.
Everyone enjoyed learning their lines but for some it wasn’t so easy, although in the end everyone got there. The biggest struggle for everyone was to SLOW DOWN!! And SPEAK LOUDER!! But people still didn’t on the day of the performance.
Two weeks before the play we got our costumes. Everyone loved them. Thanks to Mr Parsons we got the the stage set up in about an hour. It looked great! And thanks to our Year 2 buddies we had great decorations.
Then finally after a term and a half of practising, it was performance week. As well as the actual performance we did a dress rehearsal in front of Year 6 and Kindergarten. Everyone was nervous but excited at the same time, but everyone was great. The day after, it was the real performance. Everybody was so nervous! Everyone did great. It was a great journey for everyone.
Amaya Spreitzer (5G) writes:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids was a remarkable journey. It was fun, hard, and even frightening at times, but the directors, Mr David and Mrs Maina, helped us through every part of it.
It was the beginning of Term 2 when our teachers announced that we would be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids and we could audition for roles. They handed out the audition scripts and from then on we were practising the audition parts every day and every break.
The audition day arrived and we were all anxious. Most of the boys were auditioning for Lysander and Demetrius and most of the girls were auditioning for Helena and Hermia. It took two days for all the auditions to be finished but we were all still nervous because it was another couple of days until we found out our roles. We finally found out what characters we were and what cast we were in. When we found out our roles, some of us were delighted and some of us were disappointed but we all ended up enjoying our roles.
We rehearsed the play for three months. It was hard work. We had to remember our lines, how to act, and mainly how to SPEAK LOUDER and SLOW DOWN! Another hard thing was if characters got swapped, which some did, because then you would have to adjust to the way they act.
The week that we were performing we became nervous. Luckily we had a dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal felt like we were doing the performance. There were costumes, people, a spectacular set (thanks to Mr Parsons)—it felt amazing but compared to the performance it was nothing.
Then came the day of our performance. It was breathtaking. There were lights, a smoke machine, programs, cameras and not just people but family and friends who had to listen to us practising our lines probably hundreds of times. There was one special guest who we were not expecting—there was a kookaburra in the hall! Luckily no one noticed it.
There was a certain thrill about performing. When you were up on the stage acting and performing our lines it felt so great and right, because you’re doing your best and all your hard work is paying off. There was truly some Midsummer Night’s Dream magic in the air.