Discover the magic behind our advance photoshoot for our 2022 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! We’re thrilled to finally share this with you, as the photoshoot took place back in December 2019 before the pandemic hit and changed our world. And now the dream is back! 

We’re excited to be working with Sarah Roa, who will be playing the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Bard veteran Scott Bellis (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2017).

This production will transport you to a world where the natural and supernatural have merged, so trust us when we say this blog is just a taste of the magic to come this summer!

To bring the play’s enchanted and magical forest to life, real leaves and flowers were incorporated into Sarah’s hair and makeup. After sketching a preliminary look in advance of the shoot, Carey Williams (Hair and Makeup Artist) created this work of art in consultation with Dean Paul Gibson (Bard Associate Artistic Director & Creative Director for the shoot), Heather Kennedy (Director of Marketing & Communications) and Amy McDougall (Head of Wardrobe).

The team worked hard to make sure the foliage stayed perfectly in place, but we still had the occasional falling leaf on set! We also used ‘fairy dust’ (glitter) to enhance the magic of the forest.

Working with our photographer, the incomparable Emily Cooper, it took focused work, experiments with different looks, lots of touch-ups, and hundreds of photos to make sure we’d brought our vision for Puck and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life. But the work wasn’t finished there! Once the shoot wrapped, Emily applied her compositing skills to bring the final photo to life. And here it is!

Sarah Roa as Puck | Photo & Image Design: Emily Cooper

Don’t miss out on the magic this summer. And get your Season & Flex Packs now before prices rise on January 26!