Theatrical Design: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Project (Project 4)

Congratulations! You’ve been hired to design costumes for a new production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will be performed this summer in New York City. The director and producers are in the middle of casting the actors, and are excited to begin rehearsals…they are looking for you to bring three (3) completed designs for costumes (in color), as well as an (1) illustration of one of the sets from the play. These drawing are to be completed within the next two weeks.

Click here for summary/text of play

Characters:
Nobles from Athens:
Duke Theseus: Duke of Athens, he is about to marry Hippolyta.
Hippolyta: About to marry Duke Theseus.
Egeus: Nobleman, father of Hermia. He wants Hermia to marry Demetrius.
Hermia: Daughter of Egeus, Hermia wants to marry LysanderHermia is shorter than Helena, and often described as having a “darker” complexion.
Lysander: Young man who loves Hermia and wants to marry her.
Demetrius: Young man who used to love Helena, now he wants to marry Hermia, despite the fact that she doesn’t love him.
HelenaHermia’s friend. Helena is in love with Demetrius, utterly love-sick. She is taller than Hermia and is described as having a “lighter” complexion.

Townspeople (the craftsmen from Athens trying to put on a play…they’re not good)
Nick Bottom: (weaver) Bottom is to play Pyramus (the guy) in the play they’re trying to put on for Duke Theseus‘s wedding…Puck turns his head into the head of a donkey (an ass). There are tons of puns throughout the play about “bottoms” “donkeys” etc. He’s not very bright, though he thinks he is. He constantly makes a fool “ass” of himself.
Peter Quince: (carpenter) he plays the narrator/prologue in the play they put on.
Francis Flute: (bellows maker) to play Thisbe (the girl) in the play. He’s a manly looking man, with a beard, and has to speak his lines in an exaggerated, squeaky voice.
Robin Starveling: (the tailor) ends up playing the part of “moonshine”…he holds a lantern.
Tom Snout: (the tinker) plays the wall, dividing the two lovers.
Snug: (the joiner) plays the lion…he’s constantly afraid that his “convincing” roaring will frighten the ladies in the audience.

The fairies
Oberon: King of the fairies. Husband of Titania. They’re fighting. He decides to prank her.
Titania: Queen of the fairies. Wife of Oberon. They’re fighting.
Robin Goodfellow…aka Puck: a mischievous fairy who loves playing pranks, especially on mortals. Puck is a helper of Oberon.
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Mote, and Mustardseed are fairies that make up Titania’s entourage.

Locations: This takes place in Athens and in the Woods Surrounding Athens.

Play Text/Summary

Images from past productions:

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