Okay so what I want to know (as a theatre major alum) how does the appearance of the court in the theatre affect those students and do they ever stage A Midsummer Night's Dream?
There are some days where you just know, on the level of base animal instinct, that this is Not A Good Day To Visit The Theatre, by silent agreement the class group chat hashes out somewhere else to meet. But you’re a theatre major, and the Theatre is at the end of the day still pretty goddamn integral to what you do. So -
There are other days where you feel your instincts shouting warnings up your spine, and you grit your teeth and walk into the auditorium anyway (although you knock, first. It’s a courtesy thing). It always looks empty, unless you’re unlucky enough to have been stricken Sighted, or you’re a customer of Cat Eyes. Even then, you don’t look. You do what you have to do, and you pretend that you can’t smell apple blossoms, cloyingly sweet, and you pretend that there’s not an audience, a vague sense of amusement, eight-fingered hands paging paging through the lines when you put down the script. You think the whole thing amuses them, most of the time. If you’ve interrupted something you shouldn’t have, there are accidents.
No one intends to stage The Play. No one ever sits down and goes, ‘You know what would be a good idea? Flipping off the gods during a thunderstorm while wearing metal gloves’. Nevertheless, it happens. People say it was a fantastic show. You wish you could remember it.