Shayne Steliga (Lysander) told us a great anecdote that got us thinking about how youngersters may consume Shakespeare (or any good story, for that matter) differently than we do.
His young niece and nephew came to see A Midsummer Night's Dream and, just like many of the other kids in our audience, were riveted by the story. So much so that at intermission, his niece looked him in the eyes with genuine concern and asked, "will you end up with the other girl???"
Of course, as adults, we've seen more romantic comedies than we can count. Midsummer may be one of the older examples of the genre that most of us will encounter, but even if we don't know exactly how the situation will be straightened out, we go into the story relatively assured that, as Puck tells us at the end, "all will be well; Jack will have his Jill."
For kids, however, with less experience of how tales like this generally unfold, there can be actual peril for the character's fates. It's a refreshing perspective.
For the record, at the play's conclusion, Shayne's nephew dubbed it "the funniest show [he'd] ever seen."
Another friend of SitP told us that her niece was literally on the edge of her seat as the play progressed -- and then proved it with the series of photos of her inching forward over the course of the show!
We'd like to hear the reflections that the kids that you brought to Shakespeare in the Park had on the play. Post them to the comments here, or drop us an e-mail or Facebook message!