June 21, 22, 23 and 27, 28, 29, 2019

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

 

This adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream will be set in New Orleans during the Jazz Age. The Court of Theseus will provide a more urban feel to be contrasted with the Cyprus and live oak forests which surround the city. This setting was chosen due to its unique style of buildings and culture. The play is a wedding celebration which can come to life with the carnival/Mardi Gras atmosphere as well as the use of lively Jazz music within the play itself.


Role of Music:
- Just as music plays a key role in weddings and the city of New Orleans, music will play a vital role in this production. Jazz music will be used in the pre-show to provide the audience a party atmosphere as they take their seats. In the play itself, musicians will be present on the stage, cast as ensemble members, who will provide live music as transitions between scenes. We also will be looking to cast individuals (particularly for the roles of Bottom and Puck) who could also perform a live jazz numbers with the ensemble during the show itself. Phillip Heppe has access to several musicians in the area who he feels would be available and willing for these ensemble roles.

 

Directed by Katie Bulava and Phillip Heppe

Phillip Heppe is a teacher at Our Savior's Lutheran Chuch in Springfield. Katie Bulava has extensive costuming experience. 

 

AUDITIONS:  Sign up for an audition time here.