Channeling the pulsing vibration and intoxicating decadence of the age of art and excess, this fresh reimagining of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, turns up the heat for everyone who enters. Raw and provocative live arrangements fill the soundscape and take you on a journey through an irresistibly sassy, sensuous, and spellbinding realm.
We are looking for:
- tap dancers who can handle advanced choreography with an ability to improvise at a high level plus an interest in acting and experiential theater.
- advanced breakdancers/B-Boys/B-Girls with high level skill with interest in acting and experiential theater.
Key Dates: August-March
Key Location: Midtown Manhattan
Helena (Lead): Helena is a lovesick young woman desperately in love with Demetrius. As teenagers, Demetrius and Helena were once a couple, but when Demetrius met Helena’s best friend Hermia, he was swept up by her beauty and abandoned Helena in pursuit of Hermia. She is a true romantic and thinks most about the nature of love. Utterly faithful to Demetrius despite her recognition of his shortcomings, Helena sets out to win his love. Compared to the other lovers, she is extremely unsure of herself, worrying about her appearance and believing that Lysander is mocking her when he declares his love for her. Skills required: Tap Dancing, Spoken Word, Acting.
Demetrius (Lead): A young man of Athens, initially in love with Hermia and ultimately in love with Helena. Demetrius’s obstinate pursuit of Hermia throws love out of balance among the quartet of youths. Skills required: Tap Dancing, Acting
Hermia (Lead): A strong willed young woman, who handles herself with poise and unflinching directness, is running away from an arranged marriage with her true love Lysander. As a result of the fairies’ mischief with Oberon’s love potion, both Lysander and Demetrius suddenly fall in love with Helena. Self-conscious about her short stature, Hermia suspects that Helena has wooed the men with her height. Skills required: Tap Dancing, Acting.
Lysander (Lead): A young man, in love with Hermia. Lysander’s relationship with Hermia invokes the theme of love’s difficulty: he cannot marry her openly because, her father, wishes her to wed Demetrius; when Lysander and Hermia run away into the forest, Lysander becomes the victim of misapplied magic and wakes up in love with Helena. Skills required: Tap Dancing, Acting.
Flute (Supporting): The bellows-mender chosen to play Thisbe. Forced to play a young girl in love, the bearded craftsman determines to speak his lines in a high, squeaky voice. Skills required: Break Dance/Contemporary Dance, Acting
Snout (Supporting): The tinker chosen to play Pyramus’s father in the craftsmen’s play for Theseus’s marriage celebration. S/he ends up playing the part of Wall, dividing the two lovers. Skills required: Break Dance/Contemporary Dance, Acting.