The Communication Arts Department, in collaboration with the Fashion Department and the Hilltop Players, unveiled a tale of mixed-up lovers and meddling fairies with decorative and dreamy sets, costumes, fantastical sounds effects and spring lights in their semester-long project of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, April 25.
The costumes, designed by Professor Seunghye Cho’s special Topics in Fashion Design and Theatrical Costume Design classes, ranged from casual spring suits and sparkly fairy dresses to coordinated denim outfits.
“Students in the Theatrical Costume Design course explored the process of theatrical costume design with a focus on character analysis,” Cho said,“and then constructed costumes for the cast members.”
The actors sprang to life with each Shakespearian line, moving around stage in an “otherworldy” manner, expressing the dream-like quality of the play. Lovers chased after lovers, while fairies tricked them in their sleep.
“The performance was put together so wonderfully,” said senior Sarah Walker. “Not only were the actors amazing and really into their roles – I love how they interacted with the audience while in character during the intermission – but the set designs and costumes were amazing. The show as a whole was one of the better performances I’ve seen at FSU.”
Professor Cole and Professor Cho had been picking out the play they were going to perform over a year ago.
“It was really great to be directed by Dr. Cole,” said senior Kyle Collins, who played the character, Lysander. “and to work with such a talented cast. I am very proud to have been part of the show, especially since it was the first academic production here at FSU.”
“This was my first experience with Shakespeare and I’m so honored to be part of this amazing cast,” said freshman Deanna Martinez. “Puck was such a wonderful character to develop and it makes me so sad to put her away.”