Midsummer Night

from by Milburn & Vigoda

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PUCK
Ladies and gentlemen, masters and mistresses
punters on bench seats and royals on thrones,
this is a musical, this is the overture,
so unwrap your candies and turn off your phones
musicals lately have not had an overture
we don't know why but it doesn't seem right
so we're bucking convention,
yeah we're bucking convention
and this overture's the prelude to the madness of a midsummer night...

OTHERS & MUSICIANS
Midsummer night, midsummer night, midsummer night

PUCK
Midsummer night...

OTHERS & MUSICIANS
Midsummer night, midsummer night, midsummer night

PUCK
This ain't no garden-variety Midsummer
couple of differences you oughta know
ours is a one-act with no intermission
so if you have to pee you should get up and go.
our show is set at a rock music festival
out in the woods where the glow sticks shine bright
for the next 90 minutes
a quick 90 minutes
we'll show ya the crazy things that happen on a midsummer night
midsummer night

OTHER CAST MEMBERS
Midsummer night, midsummer night, midsummer night

PUCK
Midsummer night...

OTHER CAST MEMBERS
Midsummer night, midsummer night, midsummer night

(OBERON and TITANIA make their way into view, clearly avoiding each other.)

PUCK
(indicating OBERON and TITANIA)
these two are rock stars, they're pissed at each other
the mood in the green room is gloomy and black
she used to love him, but she's tired of him
she took his guitar and she won't give it back.

(OBERON and TITANIA recede, and BOTTOM appears, hoisting equipment and cables.)

PUCK (CONT’D)
(indicating BOTTOM)
we have cut all but one of the six rude mechanicals
Bottom the roadie is here all alone
he lifts amplifiers but his deepest desire's to
be onstage rocking the mic-a-r-ophone

(BOTTOM checks the mic (”check one two” etc.). PUCK takes it out of reach, frustrating BOTTOM, who recedes.
The four lovers, LYSANDER, HERMIA, DEMETRIUS, and HELENA present themselves.)

PUCK (CONT’D)
We've still got four lovers with two unrequited
(indicating LYSANDER AND HERMIA:)
These two are full up with love to the brim.
(indicating DEMETRIUS & HERMIA:)
But this one's engaged to be married to this one,
And I fear that she just isn't that into him.
(indicating HELENA and DEMETRIUS:)
and this one is crazily craving for this one
but he won't look twice at her, try as she might
So this one (HELENA) likes that one (DEMETRIUS) likes that one (HERMIA) likes this one, (LYSANDER)
and that's where we are at the beginning of our midsummer night

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from Midsummer Night demos, released May 5, 2014

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