Perhaps, but for a 400-year-old playwright to still be seeing this much action, Shakespeare must have done something right.
“Comedy is comedy is comedy,” says CAST’s artistic director, Kim Dobbs. And CAST intends to prove it in their upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has all the marks of a modern-day blockbuster: forbidden love, unrequited affection, youthful rebellion — all that’s missing is a well-coiffed vampire.
Then again, there are magical fairies.
Playing one of the precocious woodland nymphs in her sixth turn on the CAST stage is 10-year-old Chloe Cater. The Donoho fourth grader does not shy away from the spotlight. At age 7, Chloe played Susan in “Miracle on 34th Street,” a role she deems her favorite due in no small part to the stage time offered by the leading role.
“Also because I got to really dance,” she continued. “And, well, fake cry. That was fun.”
Chloe isn’t likely to be called upon to feign tears as a mischievous Shakespearean fairy, which may be a good thing.
“My weepy face is pretty pitiful,” she admits. “The mischievousness I learn from my little brother — he gets in trouble a lot.”
Inciting Chloe and her sprightly posse to mischief is Puck, played by 10-year CAST veteran Glenn Davenport. Unlike his young costar, Davenport does not share his horned character’s aptitude for mischief, although, “other people probably would disagree,” he says — namely, his wife.
But playing the role of the fairy king’s “No. 1 henchman,” is not all meddling in the love lives of mortals, Davenport insists.
“I get to do all the fun stuff,” he said, “a lot of running and jumping around, causing trouble for at least half the cast.”
Not to mention sharing the stage with a dozen pint-size pranksters. “Anytime you add kids it adds energy.”
Energetic will be an understatement when Chloe takes the stage on opening night.
“I get to sing a monologue while someone’s playing a lute, and I have a little dance I do when I go to say my lines,” she explained. Her fairy frolic also calls for plenty of piques, pirouettes and — Chloe’s favorite — back-walkovers.
“I like doing my back-walkovers,” she said. “They sometimes make me dizzy, but I kind of like that.”
If you go...
What: CAST presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
When: May 2-5 and 9-12; Thursday-Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m., Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m.
Where: McClellan Theatre, 100 Gamecock Drive
Tickets: $10 students, $16 seniors and military, $20 adults. Group rates available, Thursdays are “Pay-What-You-Want.”
Info: www.castalabama.com or call 256-820-CAST