William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard Of Oz
L. Frank Baum is the author of one of the most magical fairy talesever brought to our screens. A series of books were written and in1939 created into a film. It was a masterpiece that was to be one ofthe biggest films ever made, enjoyed by children and adults all overthe world. There are many reasons why this film has the element ofmagic, one of the reasons I found when researching was that this filmdid not only have one director, but several, Victor Fleming was themain director but for personal reasons other directors were bought in,Richard Thorpe and King Vidor. With the three imaginations of thesegeniuses a classic was born. The story of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ is astory of a young girl whose imagination creates a world ‘Somewhereover the Rainbow.’ Choosing to take L. Franks Baum’s ideas and do theWizard of Oz for out Children’s theater was an easy choice as all ofus had grown up watching the film and singing the songs. We wanted tocreate a magic that the kids would become enchanted by, for this magicwe turned to ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’.
‘A Midsummer Nights Dream was written in 1595 by William Shakespeare.William Shakespeare’s legendary status as a man of the theatre hascrossed time and place. Respected as an artist of considerable meritin his own time, his reputation has expanded in the more than fourhundred years since his birth to classify him as one of the greatestwriters who has ever lived.So it should be no surprise that althoughit isn’t a story read by children, (because of the Shakespeareanlanguage used.) we turned to M…
…r the Lion, two emotions that the film its selfconjures up.
There is a main theme that connects a play that was written during atime of war and killing and a play that was written over 400 hundredyears ago, dreams. Things have changed, year after year, since TheWizard Of Oz was made into a movie things have dramatically changedbut one thing that remains, is that we all dream, no matter how old,young, childish or mature we are. Our imaginations are let lose as weare sleeping, this is why everyone can identify in someway between amidsummer nights dream and The wizard of oz. Another common themecomes at the end of both plays, was it a dream or was it a reality? Aquestion that is never answered in either plays, this gives children achance to make up there own minds, leaving the stories with them foryears.