TASIS is pleased to invite all members of the TASIS community and the general public to this year's High School Fall Play, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which will premiere in the Palmer Center on the main TASIS campus at 19:30 on the evening of Friday, November 17. Additional performances will be in the Palmer Center at 19:30 on Saturday, November 18, and at 14:30 on Sunday, November 19.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is considered to be one of Shakespeare's most accessible comedies, with four interweaving plotlines that range from broad physical humor to romantic comedy to fantasy. Families with younger children may be particularly interested in attending the Sunday matinee performance.
In addition to a talented cast and crew of High School students, this year's Fall Play features lively performances from faculty actors, live musicians, and students from the TASIS Elementary and Middle Schools. Seats are filling up fast, so use the registration button at the bottom to make sure you don't miss this exciting community event!
A Note from Director Valerie Bijur Carlson
A Midsummer Night's Dream is considered by many to be Shakespeare's finest comedy—a hefty compliment, considering that his other comedies include As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, and Twelfth Night! It is also remarkable that Midsummer is an early work by Shakespeare, written in the mid-1590s—around the time he was writing Romeo and Juliet; truly the man was a multi-faceted, multi-tasking genius of a dramatist. This is a play about love, as many of Shakespeare's plays are, but it is also about striving for seemingly unreachable goals: simple craftspeople rehearse "courageously" to mount a perfect theatrical performance; young lovers flee fathers, dukes, and each other in their quest for perfect romance; and strong-willed rulers strategize with force and magic to restore harmony in their kingdoms. The play itself challenges us to re-examine our notions of love, marriage, power, and excellence. And it is also uproariously funny, achingly beautiful, and enjoyably witty. We hope you and your whole family—children through grandparents—can join us for our rendition of this classic comedy.
- Friday, November 17 • 19:30
- Saturday, November 18 • 19:30
- Sunday, November 19 • 14:30