• Notes from Frolick's costume designer

Shakespeare plays have the potential to transform Old English prose on paper to live dramatic entertainment through the imaginal use of acting, singing, dancing, and production of sets and costumes.

A Midsummer Nights Dream explores the realms between forest fairies and the noble court of Athens.

In Frolick's version of A Midsummer Nights Dream, we wanted to explore the themes of emotional drama that is attached with unrequited love, illusionary love as a psychedelic drug, and the magic in the blessings bestowed from the mystical fairy realm.

Beverly Law on behalf of Sew Bevy Designs saw this production with Frolick as a beautiful opportunity to explore such themes through the production of costume design.

Bevy has produced costumes for singers, dancers, circus performers, as well as other on set commercial productions but never live theatre as such. Looking forward to dwelve into a new challenge, bevy used her semiotics skills to denote emotional character changes as well as character and scene development - fundamental to any live action production unraveling its story.

Alternative imagery and performance arts were used to branch out the norm Shakespearian experience, such as hoop, poy, and belly dancing. Organic live music like harpsichord, drumming, flute and beat boxing brings eclectic styles and genres at play. Working with various forms of performance arts allows novel and experimental fabrication with styles, genres and imageries.

Other insider notes on Sew Bevy's interpretation on costume design:

  • Oberon as a snake king
  • Puck as the forest goblin experimenting with identity
  • Titania as the queen bird
  • Forest faires as colorful belly dancing serving in entertainment
  • Rude mechanicals in steam punk fashion
  • Athenian nobles in white purity torn by the confusion of dramatic love, silvan nature influences
  • Flower juice streaking denoted with geometric psychedelic patterns symbolizing love as an illusitory drug

At the end of any Shakespeare play, they say - one can never blame Shakespeare for it's production as Shakespeare's work has been tried and tested in all forms; however, Shakespeare's plays have the seeds and potential to consummate theatrical arts into a beautiful form of live entertainment. Hopefully Frolick's audience will taste the fruits of labour as the succulent experience we intended for their senses.

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