Take a stroll through ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

HOUGHTON – Fans of Shakespeare (and even if you’re not) will soon be able to enjoy a night of one of the Bard’s most whimsical tales when members of The Calumet High School Drama Club perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Director Dave Heinz said he wanted to do the play because it’s his favorite of the Shakespearean comedies and because of how kids can understand it easier.

“I think it’s a lot more accessible than some of Shakespeare’s other stuff,” Heinz said. “And it was just time for us to do Shakespeare. It came at a time when I knew they could handle Shakespeare.”

According to Heinz, it was a challenge to not only get the students to know their lines but also to understand what they’re saying.

“If they don’t understand it, there’s no way the audience is going to get it,” Heinz said. “We’ve done really important stuff before, like ‘The Crucible’ so this was the time to do it.”

So far, the students have been rehearsing for the play for the past two months but their first run-through with all students will be Friday.

“They’ve done a great job with it,” Heinz said. “They’re doing something really important this Friday and Saturday. This is something they’re going to be able to say they’ve done for the rest of their lives.”

Heinz also said that’s why it’s important the community comes out to support the event.

“These kids deserve an audience,” Heinz said. “They deserve people to come and see what they’ve done.”

Elizabeth Kauppila is a student at Calumet High School and really enjoys Shakespeare so she was happy to be able to participate in the show.

“I die for this kind of literature,” Kauppila said.

Lillia Szilagyi, another Calumet High School student, said that she loves the humor behind the play.

“Everyone gets a chance to step out of their comfort zone and put themselves out there for the audience,” she said.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be performed at the Calumet Arts Center at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the show will be $4 for students and senior and $6 for adults.