The Georgetown Shakespeare Festival continued on February 1 with an evening performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The turnout was excellent, with over 225 tickets sold. Theatre patrons waited in the hall downstairs for the doors to open, sipping on bubbly and nibbling delicious food provided by our wonderful PTO. At 7:00, everyone streamed in to find a seat and the music began. The audience was enthusiastic and appreciative of yet another amazing performance by the ASC. This was our best crowd so far.
Monday morning, February 3, middle school students brought in mysterious platters and bowls for Elizabethan Food Day, storing them on tables and in various refrigerators until lunch. They had chosen a recipe from Shakespeare’s day to prepare. At 12:30, the buffet was ready and Mrs. Crosby had all the students explain their offerings. Here are a few samples from the groaning table: Jai’Den’s meat pies, Evan’s cheese tarte, Morgan’s chicken pie, Mrs. Crosby’s lamb dumplings, Annika’s currant bread, Hannah and Gabby’s hot cross buns, Quinn’s soup, Fletcher’s mini meat pies. We all tried something new, and it was good.
The rest of the week was spent preparing for our two drama productions, adapted and directed by our wonderful drama coach, Mr. Daniel Bumgardner.
First up on Thursday evening was Tweedle, Mr. Bumgardner’s whimsical staging of poetry from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, performed by the middle school. The frame story had two elderly brothers in a nursing home entertaining their doctor by reciting “The Walrus and the Carpenter.” In this classic example of Victorian nonsense, a walrus and a carpenter discuss the amount of sand on the beach, then proceed to eat several young oysters who made the mistake of going for a walk with them. “Our oyster costumes are so cool,” said Kipper. “Mr. B took coat hangers and tee shirts and made them for us.”
The high school did a short version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, featuring Manny as Harry. A static arrangement of chairs on the stage suggested a throne room and uneasy cello music highlighted the political crisis facing the young king. Characters acted at the front of the stage, on intermediate risers, and on the floor of the Auditorium, animating their speeches about war, diplomacy, justice, and courage. It was a thrilling performance. Congratulations to the cast, backstage people, and technicians for a job well done, and a huge thank-you to Mr. Bumgardner and his helpers for all their hard work.
Now it’s time to put away all the giant Shakespeare posters, props, and scripts until next year. O Kingfishers, ye are a rare, sweet honey-tongued, well-wishing band of players!