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What is the emotion in the following scenes? Do any of the characters have accents (i.e. British, Irish...)? One sentence summary of the characters listed? These are the audition scenes for the school play and I'm just trying to figure out how to perform them best. Thanks :)

Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus

Act 1, scene 1 lines 1 – 54 (pg. 7 – 11 Folger)

Begin: “Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour”

End: “Demetrius is a worthy gentleman.”

Hermia, Lysander

Act 1, scene 1 lines 130-182   (pg. 15 – 19 Folger)

Begin: “How now, my love? Why is your cheek so pale?”

End: “Keep promise, love.  Look, here comes Helena.”

Demetrius, Helena

Act 2, scene 1 lines 195-251 (pg. 47-51 Folger)

Begin: “I love thee not; therefore pursue me not.”

End: “To die upon the hand the hand I love so well.”

Bottom, Quince, Flute, Snout, Snug, Starveling

Act 1, scene 2 lines 1 -55 (pg 25 – 27 Folger)

Begin: “Is all our company here?”

End: “Well, proceed.”

Act 3, scene 1 lines 1-75 (pg. 69-73 Folger)

Begin: “Are we all met?”

End: “…according to his cue.”

Robin Goodfellow (“Puck”), Fairy

Act 2 scene 1 lines 1 – 61 (pg. (35 – 39 Folger)

Begin: “How now, spirit? Whither wander you?”

End: “And here my mistress. Would that he were gone!”

Oberon, Titania

Act 2, scene 2, lines 62-152(pg. 39 – 45 Folger)

Begin: “Ill met by moonlight, proud Titania.”

End: “Till I torment thee for this injury.”

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jalden | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 18, 2015 at 8:27 PM (Answer #1)

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Act I, scene 1 has a lot of emotions! The play begins with a scene expressing longing and anticipation, and moves to a scene expressing intense conflict of desires. Everybody at the opening of this play wants something desperately and has not yet gotten it. The specifics of this desire depend on which character you are speaking of.

The next part of 1.1 is a scene beginning with despair and ending with exuberant hope. Lysander rescues their depression with a Plan for Escape.

II, 1 is about Frustration. Both characters want what they cannot have.

I,2 shows the character's anxious to get the parts they feel best suit them

III, 1 is a rehearsal in which all want to shine.

II,1 Introduction to the Fairy World, this is play and an important set up for the dynamics we are to encounter in the fairy kingdom at present.

II,2 is pure rivalry and attempts for domination between two characters who belong together but are currently on the outs.

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