Prep's Midsummer Night's Dream: Magic, Wonder, and Family Fun
Author: Andrea Gannon | Photographer: Photography by Anne
In its fall production, Hilton Head Prep brings the whimsical Shakespearean comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, magically to life in its outdoor courtyard on the school’s campus, Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, at 7 p.m.
The show is the inaugural production under the school’s new performing arts director, Peggy Trecker White, who brings a wealth of theatrical credentials and experience to the position. She joins the Hilton Head Prep community having spent the summer at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she was director of their intermediate musical theatre program and an acting teacher in residence for the 2012 fall semester. No stranger to the spotlight herself, she was a company member of the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival this summer, where she played Gertrude in Hamlet.
Trecker White’s onstage talent has been evidenced locally as she has been a leading member of South Carolina Repertory Company since 2007 when she moved to Hilton Head Island. Trecker White also directed Charlotte’s Web, Into the Woods and Little Women at the Main Street Youth Theatre.
Other stage credits include several Broadway national tours of Miss Saigon; Death of a Salesman with Theatre Mitu/Abu Dhabi; Absolution, Antigone and Richard II with American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University; and, while living in Los Angeles, The Merchant of Venice, The Music Man and Wonderful Town, starring Lucy Arnaz.
The imaginative plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a confluence of magic, hijinks and romance. A quick rundown goes something like this: Hermia loves her schoolmate Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius—who’s also the heartthrob of her best-friend-forever, Helena. Threatened with death or a convent if she doesn’t do what Daddy wants, Hermia and Lysander ditch school and head for the woods. With Helena and Demetrius in hot pursuit, they run right into a magical free-for-all between Oberon, the Fairy King, and Titania, his Fairy Queen. It’s a wild night for lovers and lunatics, swirling with Elizabethan flourishes, in this family-friendly comedy.
“Our stage will be divined in the campus courtyard, with the beautiful, newly-built trellis and its lush greenery, which become part of the set,” Trecker White said. “The whole school—lower, middle and upper—will be involved, including a few faculty members, sure to add another level of humor to the evening! There will even be singing and dancing in our fairy world!”
Ret’s Garden will serve as Prep’s magical outdoor lobby where audience members can partake of “sparkling love juice” and other “enchanted refreshments.” The delightful evening will include fairy face paintings and stadium seating, with the opportunity for audience members to relax on their own picnic blankets if they choose.
One review of the play calls it “not only the funniest of Shakespeare’s plays, but also the most original, magically interweaving four worlds: the aristocrats in Athens; the rude mechanicals preparing their play; the young lovers; and the fairy kingdom of the warring Titania and Oberon.”
“We’re really excited to perform this show for the Lowcountry. The night promises to be a fun-filled theatrical event that the whole family will enjoy,” Trecker White said. “It is the most accessible of Shakespeare’s works.”
The sizeable cast of 28 Hilton Head Prep students includes an additional “forest of fairies.” The consistently successful shows produced by Hilton Head Preparatory School evolve from much hard work on the part of everyone involved. Students often rehearse six nights a week in preparation, while juggling schoolwork and extracurricular commitments.
Tickets are available now can be purchased with a credit card at hhprep.org and will also be available at the door using cash or check. Prices are $15 for adults; $10 for students and seniors (60 and older). For additional ticket information and group rates (15 or more people), contact Jamie Berndt at (843) 341-9182.