Elements Theatre Company just finished a run of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream.” I played the part of Puck — a fairy and servant to Oberon, King of Fairies. It was a great journey, finding and embodying this character. For our final shows, our director Sr.Danielle, asked us what about our character did we want to celebrate in our performance. I thought about Puck and looked back at his evolution. Traditionally, Puck is played as a sprightly character, innocently making mistakes on orders Oberon gives him. Our Puck was a bit darker, reveling in the chaos created by his blunders. But what makes him endearing and inspiring, is his ability to completely move on after making huge mistakes. He endures the wrath of Oberon and, in the next breath, eagerly receives his next assignment. I saw such courage in this. To barrel into whatever task is given, fail gloriously, and eagerly charge headlong into the next task. For now, Puck has returned to the pages of Shakespeare’s script, but hopefully not without leaving a bit of his spirit with me.