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All the World’s a Stage for Teens Performing Shakespeare

By Saige Joseph Shakespeare is difficult for adults to perform, let alone teenagers, but Lake Forest High School freshmen and sophomores are undeterred. They will put on A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Nov. 18-21.

The amount of dedication that the students have put into the show is impressive. Learning lines is one thing, but understanding Shakespeare is another.

“It’s been difficult because we have to go through and understand what we’re saying,” said sophomore Taylor Ross, who has been required to memorize long monologues in the role of Puck. “But it’s still really fun to do, and I like that it’s a bit of a challenge.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells different stories that take place simultaneously. Romance, drama, and comedy are just a few of the themes within the play. The costumes and set are elements that bring the show to life.

“We’ve been able to communicate a great show in a way that some people might not be able to think that we can do,” Ross said.

This show comes at a time when theatre is making its comeback after COVID, so live performances are appreciated even more than usual.

“It's the first show back in person for a lot of people,” freshman Nora Sharman said.

Choosing the cast, conducting rehearsals and getting ready for the show n just a little under two months makes it all the more impressive.

Be sure to come check out A Midsummer Night’s Dream this week! Tickets can be purchased on the Lake Forest High School website or at the door if there are still seats available. Saige Joseph is a junior at Lake Forest High School.


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