Seniors prepare for their last RCHS drama production


Photo by: Nimrah Khan

RCHS seniors performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Thursday, May 4.

Rancho Cucamonga High School advanced drama stepped back into the whimsical world of Shakespeare for their final production of the year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Performances took place from May 4-6 in the RCHS auditorium at 7 p.m., followed by a matinee show at 2 p.m. on Saturday before the final show. Tickets were sold for $10 regular price and $7 for RCHS students. 

“The show went incredibly well,” junior Lorelai Gango said, “my favorite part was seeing the audience’s reaction to Nick Bottom with the donkey-head, that whole scene when he first comes on is my favorite, and I think the audience loved it too

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Shakespearean comedy that takes its audience on a journey through love, fairies, and magic. It is a stark difference compared to the Shakespeare tragedies most students know. 

“It’s about four lovers, Athenians, fairies, and actors whose stories all happen to be intertwined in a confusing and magical way,” RCHS senior and drama club president Sandy Mourice said. 

The play opened with four lovers who escaped Athens and found themselves lost in an enchanted forest. Suddenly, the vengeful fairy King Oberon and his servant Puck created a love potion, seeking revenge on Oberon’s fairy queen by forcing her to love a man with a donkey’s head. 

However, the young lovers get caught in the crossfire as Puck mistakenly tears the couples apart and ties them back together in messy love triangles and heartbreak. As the show went on, the auditorium filled with laughter as Oberon and Puck tried to resolve the mess they had made. 

RCHS senior and actress Maha Tahir was especially fascinated by the story, complimenting its multidimensional storytelling.  

“It’s such a unique show because it combines so many different aspects of storytelling and, compared to the tragedies that most people know Shakespeare for, this story leans more on the lighthearted parts of life,” Tahir said.  

Another special aspect of the show was the costumes, which were a mix of medieval garb and whimsical attire. 

Junior Sienna Gango worked backstage, helping actors manage their many detailed costumes. She said, “The costumes for this play are especially beautiful because this whole production has a very dreamy theme to it, which calls for very pretty costumes.”

From dreamy dresses with fairy wings to opulent capes and robes, each costume aided in developing each character. 

“Each character also only has one or two costumes, so it really lets the actors get comfortable in their outfit and really act with it to make their character complete,” Sienna Gango said. 

Moreover, much of the preparation occurred very rapidly, according to Mourice. Rehearsals began immediately after Little Shop of Horrors took place in March.  

“The prep for the show went way faster than other shows, especially since it was immediately after Little Shop,” Mourice said. “We only rehearsed two days after school (plus advanced drama class time) and did all the technical stuff in class.”

Advanced drama performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, making it the last RCHS production for many seniors. 

“It’s a bittersweet feeling. I’ll miss getting to meet with my theater family more than anything, yet I think this show is a good one to end things on,” Tahir said. 

Similarly, Mourice said, “This is definitely a bittersweet moment, unfortunately, I didn’t get much time with our new director Mr. Loudermilk but I’m so glad that I got to spend the last two years under his guidance, it’s really awe-inspiring.”

Gathering lessons learned from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other RCHS productions throughout the years, many seniors are excited to grow and take on new challenges. 

As graduation approaches, seniors in advanced drama intend to end the year strong following A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mourice said, “I’m most excited to end this year with a bang, and the cool lights and sounds that come with it.”