It’s hard to believe that we have opened and closed A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I absolutely loved working on this show for various reasons. A few being the set design, the directing and the acting experience.

I loved working on the set and to see it come from nothing to its final product. Looking back on it the set was my favorite part of the process. I enjoyed working with steel, although I did not get a chance to weld, I had the opportunity to grind and cut the steel. I liked this a lot because it brought me out of my comfort zone.

I never imagined that I would work with steel to create such an interesting set as we had for Midsummers.

Lester’s directing style is like nothing I have ever encountered. He knows exactly what he wants and how he wants it to look. Granted, he has done the show something like 15 times, but it was refreshing to go into blocking and not have to worry about the gray area between you and the director.

Everything was very clear and helpful. Not only was it easy to follow but it was exciting blocking that made sense to me as the character right away.

I’ve written about how this show has helped my acting, but now that the show is closed, I realize how beneficial this show was to me. I learned how to effectively learn my lines, become comfortable with physical contact on stage and received the Irene Ryan nomination.

My lines were not coming easily to me, especially with the classical text, but once internalized the lines and got the rhythm of the iambic pentameter in my head, the lines came easily. This show tested my new mindset I employed to feel secure in my physicality on stage. As for the nomination, I am so thankful for the opportunity to audition for the scholarship at KCACTF.