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NHES students stage Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Jamshedpur, Dec. 18: Narbheram Hansraj English School (NHES) staged a play ‘Mayhem in the forest’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the school premises on Saturday.

The plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s own. He did not follow his usual practice of adapting an older story.

This account of the tribulations of a love quadrangle during a night of madness imaginatively combines ambiguous allusions, wordplay, sinister hints, fragments of noble poetry, and profound meditations on the nature of art and love.

The brilliant characterization, richness of language, and compositional complexity of this play have provided critics and commentators with material for much theorizing. As for the general reader and theater-goer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream remains a timeless and limitless source of aesthetic pleasure.

The plot focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their elves, and a group of rough craftsmen attempting to stage a production of “Pyramus and Thisby” for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.

A wide range of musical flavour was introduced to cater to the varying taste of the audience. The programme started with the prayer song ‘Need of Liberation’ by the school choir. The Fairy Night song was also sung by the students. The theme music of Titanic and the song ‘On the Floor’ by Jennifer Lopez were also included.

Emphasis was laid on participation of maximum number of participants to give them an opportunity to unleash their creative talent.

There were 56 dancers, 14 voiceovers and 10 children in the choir group assisting the actors of the play. 11 volunteers from among the students helped with props and stage decoration. Students were encouraged to attend the programme to give them an exposure to works of literature and widen their horizon of knowledge.

The programme was conceptualised by the Principal Mrs. Paramita Roy Chaudhury. Mrs. Moushumi Ghosh, Mrs. Nandini Bhattacharya and Mrs. Adya Mukhopadhya were responsible for directing the play. Mrs. Nandini Bhattacharya also took up the responsibility of editing the script. The music for the play was selected by Mrs. Soma Narayan, Mrs. Tandrima Banerjee and Mrs. Moushumi Ghosh. The singers were trained by Mrs. Shraboni Paul.

The choreography was arranged by Mrs. Jarita Roy and Mrs. Sushmriti Basu. Mrs. Tandrima Banerjee, Mrs. Anuradha Ghosh and Mrs. Rashmi Kalra took care of the costume of the participants. Mr. Mahesh and Mrs. Supriti Ghosh were responsible for the props and stage decoration.

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