Staff and students are deep into rehearsals of their take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MSND).
This will be the first time that the Performing Arts department will have taken on the Bard, having staged West End musical classics in the past, putting on sold out versions of Hairspray, We Will Rock You and The Little Shop of Horrors.
One of the stars of the ‘Little Shop’ Charlie Pittman will be returning in a different guise in this year’s show playing Oberon.
The 17 year old from Ipswich is a busy lad at the moment. In addition to taking his A-levels and starring in MSND, he is also creating his own brand new musical (Bridge over Oblivion) that he hopes to take to the Edinburgh Fringe this year.
In terms of MSND, He said, “This is a good challenge for me. This year we are using the performance space at One very differently. I’ve been looking at ways to project my voice and I’ve studied other performances of this play. But I want to put my own twist on this character.”
Rosie Beattie is co-director of the play with Michael Platt. Rosie who recently wowed local audiences with her performance of Blanche Dubois in the Tennessee Williams classic called A Streetcar Named Desire, said, “We wanted to do something different and use the space differently. We are also incorporating dance and music into this year’s show that takes place 400 years since the great playwright passed away. We will be closer to the audience and we hope to make a greater connection with them. We have 35 cast members and they come from a mixture of departments. We have singers, dancers, actors, a few surprises,some comedy moments, original music (that sounds delicious) and if I was to think of a tagline for this play it would have to be the course of true love never did run smooth.”
Other performers include Rhiannon Williams who is playing Titania, Evie White who is playing Helena and Stephen Bell who is playing Demetrius.
17 year old Rhiannon from Ipswich, said, “I want to play my character with an element of sassiness. That’s the plan. I really think this is a great play. It’s easy to follow and it’s very funny.”
18 year old Evie from Felixstowe, said, “I’d love to be in the Royal Shakespeare Company so this is a great experience. It’s a big commitment and my character is very energetic. You live it and breathe it. I can’t wait for people to see it.”
18 year old Stephen Bell is from Ipswich. He added, “The themes in the play are relatable. It’s easy to understand, really fun and I think that people of all ages will enjoy this as its fun and light at times.
The play will take place between the 7 and 9 March. All tickets cost £7.00. To book visit http://www.onecollege-shop.co.uk/