Hilltop Players Present ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

The Hilltop Players of West Liberty University will end its 2014 season of theater with a classic farce by William Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Kelly Theatre on campus.

“‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ plays with the universal theme of love and its complications, disappointments and confusions,” said theater director Michael L. Aulick.

Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father insists she marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods followed by Demetrius. However, he is pursued by the love-struck Helena.

This love quadrangle is complicated further when they happen on a band of mischievous fairies and one, Robin Goodfellow (also known as Puck), attempts to play Cupid. The love connections are further confused by a magic flower and eventually, the two noble men are fighting over the love of Helena.

Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors, rehearsing a badly-written play in the woods, happen upon the lair of the fairies, where Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the fairies are at odds.

“‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is widely performed around the world, and no wonder – it’s about the world’s most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all. Love is crazy, love is mad. Will love win out in the end?” Aulick added.

The cast includes Geena I. Diomedi as Hermia, Carlito K. Gilchrist as Lysander, Jedidiah Z. Shook as Demetrius, Alexandria N. Glotfelty as Helena, Margaret P. Dillon as Puck, Mack B. Kale as Oberon and Meaghan Macey as Titania.

Other cast members are Andrew Harper, Alex E. Franke, Brady Dunn, Michael Aulick, David Dudzik and Dustin Bailey. Appearing as the fairies are Sara E. Reed, Zoe Poindexter, Caitlin Reasbeck, Kacie Craig and Val Zamski.

For information on tickets, call the box office at 304-336-8277. Tickets may be purchased online at a discounted rate at wlumidsummer.brownpapertickets.com.