2019 Senior Summer Shakespeare


Directed by Ben Stockman 
Ages 13-19 Program Tuition $500

   Auditions are still ON FOR THIS SUNDAY MARCH 10TH 3-5pm.
If you have any issues with making these auditions, remember that you are always welcome to submit a video audition.  Please ask, if you have any further questions.
See you at the auditions!

REHEARSALS begin June 24th weekdays, M-F 9-4pm (including July 4th) 

     Friday, July 12th 6pm
     Saturday, July 13th 1pm & 6pm
     Sunday, July 14th 1pm 

20 years ago, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the very first production NEYT presented. It’s 20 years later and time to celebrate “the house that Shakepeare built with clown hands”. NEYT alum Ben Stockman returns for this sparkling celebration. As a member of that very first cast and now NYC director in his own right, Ben brings it full circle to helm a Summer Shakespeare to remember. 

Midsummer is a rollicking party play with undertones of heartache, betrayal, and jealousy. It’s a magical tale populated by lovers, fools and faerie folk.

The process will include juicy text work, Linklater voice with Keely Eastley, movement exploration, ensemble-building exercises – and heaps of invention and imagination. All are welcome to join the fun. There are great parts for Shakespeare vets as well as actors who are relatively new to the language. Casting will be flexible and inclusive to all genders, races, and orientations. 

Actors from the Junior Shakes program, under the direction of John Hadden, will join the production in week three to round out this All-Company collaboration.


Prepare one of the following four speeches. It is not necessary to select a character that matches your gender identity. Choose the text that most interests you. Familiarize yourself with the play enough to know the circumstances of the scene in which the monologue takes place: 

Who are you addressing? Who else is present? What just happened? 

We recommend you write a “paraphrase” for yourself as well: line by line, in your own words, to translate what your character is saying into what feels the most understandable to you.

Memorization will help you enjoy the group work we will do in the auditions.

PUCK: Act II, Scene i

The King doth keep his Revels here to night:
Take heed the Queen come not within his Sight,
For Oberon is passing fell and wrath
Because that she, as her Attendant, hath
A lovely Boy stolen from an Indian King.
She never had so sweet a Changeling,
And jealous Oberon would have the Child
Knight of his Train, to trace the Forests wild.
But she, perforce, withholds the loved Boy,
Crowns him with Flowers, and makes him all her Joy:
And now they never meet in Grover or Green,
By Fountain clear, or spangled Starlight Sheen,
But they do square, that all their Elves for fear
Creep into Acorn Cups and hide them there.

TITANIA: Act III, Scene i
Out of this Wood do not desire to go;
Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no.
I am a Spirit of no common Rate
(The Summer still doth tend upon my State),
And I do love thee: therefore go with me.
I’ll give thee Fairies to attend on thee,
And they shall fetch thee Jewels from the Deep,
And sing, while thou on pressed Flowers dost sleep.
And I will purge thy Mortal Grossness so
That thou shalt like an Airy Spirit go.
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed?

LYSANDER: Act I, Scene i.
I am, my Lord, as well deriv’d as he,
As well possess’d; my Love is more than his;
My Fortunes every way as fairly rank’d,
If not with vantage, as Demetrius’;
And, which is more than all these Boasts can be,
I am belov’d of beauteous Hermia.
Why should not I then prosecute my Right?
Demetrius, I’ll avouch it to his Head,
Made love to Nedar’s daughter Helena
And won her Soul; and she, sweet Lady, dotes,
Devoutly dotes, dotes in Idolatry,
Upon this Spotted and Inconstant Man.

HELENA: Act III, Scene ii.
O Spite! O Hell! I see you all are bent
To set against me for your Merriment.
If you were Civil and knew Courtesy,
You would not do me thus much Injury.
Can you not hate me, as I know you do,
But you must join in Souls to mock me too?
If you were Men, as Men you are in Show,
You would not use a gentle Lady so:
To vow and swear and superpraise my Parts,
When I am sure you hate me with your Hearts.
You both are Rivals and love Hermia.
And now both Rivals to mock Helena.

One of Shakespeare’s most-produced comedies (and the inaugural NEYT production!), A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a festive and magical tale populated by lovers, fools and faerie folk. Framed by the wedding of Athenian Duke Theseus to the former Amazon Queen Hippolyta, the story follows three interconnecting plots:

A) Hermia’s father wants her to marry Demetrius, but she wants to marry
Lysander. She flees into the woods with her beloved, but she makes the
mistake of telling her best friend Helena, who’s in love with Demetrius.
When Helena blabs about Hermia’s plan, all four youngsters find themselves
lost in the forest.

B) Titania and Oberon, queen and king of the Faeries, are feuding over a
little Faerie henchman they both want in their respective Faerie gangs.
Oberon orders his sprightly second-banana Puck to fetch him a magical
flower he can use on Titania to make her fall in love with a beast and
humiliate her.

C) A group of lower-class craftsmen want to get hired as entertainers for the
Duke’s wedding. Amateur director/playwright Peter Quince leads a group of
his friends into the woods for rehearsal, but his star player Bottom runs afoul
of Puck’s mischief!

All three plotlines come together to create a hilarious smorgasbord of
enchantment, lust, heartbreak, and physical comedy, culminating in the
quintessential comedic metadrama, Peter Quince’s production of Pyramus
and Thisbe.

For more information:
Please contact Michelle Meima at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
802.246.6398 x 101

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