If you were directing Act 2 Scene 2, how would you do it?
This is how Act Two Scene Two may be directed in an excellent, effective way. Including some different usages of facial expressions, speech expressions and including the set design.
A good set design would be a dark forest at night. There would be a full moon. It would be good to use nightly sounds like crickets. This would not just make this scene work but it adds a good effect to the whole play.
In this scene, Titania is a very calm character. So when she says “Sing me now asleep; Then to your offices, and let me rest,” it would be a good idea if she said it calmly, softly and quietly with a calm look on her face. This would give a real calm effect and would go neatly with the word “asleep”, which gives the idea of calm surroundings. It would also make something further in more dramatic and sudden as well.
An excellent way of having fairies as children singing Titania’s lullaby in choir style as it really does fit in. It especially would fit in with the words “lulla-lulla-lullaby, lulla-lulla-lullaby.” They would have nice faces and a white spotlight on them. This would help with the idea of calm surroundings, because choir singing is a calm and soft style and the word the “lullaby” is a calm and soft word. It would go really well with Titania’s soft and quiet voice and keep the quiet atmosphere well. The fairies will also be soft and almost silent when they say:
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“Hence away! Now all is well.
One aloof stand sentinel”
This applies more effect and drama to what happens next much and keeps the nightly quiet atmosphere going.
A perfect way of having Oberon to come on and say the incantation would be to have Red lights flashing and a green spotlight on Oberon and have dramatic music with thunder sound and flares. Immediately the music would stop to make his shouting much more effective. This would give a much more dramatic effect to the whole sudden appearance of him and make him look much nastier, especially with the evil look he will have on his face. He will speak strongly and loudly in a deep voice. It would be absolutely fabulous to have him laughing an evil laugh when he says “Be it ounce, or cat, or bear, pard or boar with bristled hair.” His expressions make horrible words, especially “bristled hair,” stand out and really add to the whole effect of the evil atmosphere created by the words spoken and the special effects. The worlds “bristled hair” make the whole thing sound extremely harsh.
Lysander will speak boldly, yet quietly about his love to Hermia, and Hermia will speak sweetly and softly back to Lysander. Hermia, however, will speak boldly and strongly when she says “Lie further off, in human modesty.” When she speaks like this it will be very sudden and give a great dramatic effect on the whole part spoken by Lysander and Hermia.
A good idea would be for Puck to speak sadly because he has not found what Oberon wanted him to find, but when he says “Who is here? Weeds of Athens he doth wear: This is he, my master said, Despised the Athenian maid;” when he will speak very excitedly as he has found the man he believes he was supposed to find. This would be where the funny part of the story would start, because the audience know Puck is giving the wrong person the potion, but puck believes he has got the right person, so the audience know something will go wrong, but the fairies do not.
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Helena would speak softly when she wakes up Lysander, but she will be extremely surprised at what Lysander says. This will result in her speaking in a very surprised and almost speechless manner when she says the words “Do not say so Lysander, say not so.” This would be mainly because he said the words
“Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word
is that vile name to perish on my sword!”
Helena will be even more surprised when Demetrius says “Not Hermia but Helena I love,” This will be unexpected by Helena so her reactions will be funny to the audience who know something is going seriously wrong that nobody on stage knows about.
In conclusion, the best way to direct this scene involves a lot of dramatic surprises following small, calm parts of the scene. This would be because this is the way to make the audience understand this Shakespeare comedy.