“My art reflects my life,” Jade Mitchell said, describing the importance of art.
Mitchell is one of six Gannon University students starring in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by William Shakespeare.
The freshman has been performing since she was 3 years old and is nowhere near getting bored.
“I act because it is an adventure, an emotional release, a thrill,” she said.
The 18-year-old actor from Hopewell, Pa., said that she did not choose Gannon for its theatre major, but so she could participate in the performances.
Mitchell is currently a journalism communications major, but she may be changing her mind in the near future.
“After meeting encouraging people, I have been inspired to go out and try and maybe change my major,” she said. “The people and the acting itself are the best parts about Gannon so far.”
In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Mitchell plays the part of Tatania, the elegant, feminine and feisty fairy queen. She said she can relate to her character because she is a lot like herself.. “Yes. I definitely can see myself in Tatiana’s character,” she said.
Mitchell said she thought that the show was well cast. “Everyone is able to relate to his or her character even though Shakespeare is difficult,” she said.
Playing the part of Tatania has taught Mitchell how to speak in Shakespearian language which “is very difficult to switch to after speaking Pittsburgh slang all my life,” she said.
Mitchell and the other actors and actresses practice every night for three hours.
Mitchell is also a dancer, and practices about one hour each day on her dance routines. “It’s a huge time commitment that I really enjoy,” she said. “It makes time fly.”
Mitchell is very passionate about acting. For Mitchell, the most fulfilling part of performing is getting to meet people and form relationships with them.
“When we had tech day for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ we had to paint, clean, build the sets and set up the lights,” she said. “We had a blast for four hours.”
Matt Crays, a junior psychology major who plays the character of Snout, said he enjoys working alongside Mitchell.
“She helps bring the performance to life,” Crays said. “It’s great to see a new face and to see Gannon’s theatre department expanding.”
Mitchell said she is thankful for her role. “I am extremely grateful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met and have yet to meet,” Mitchell said.by