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Valley Shakespeare Company to Present Shakespeare’s Classic Comedy A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Performances will be Free to Public
Monmouth, June 7, 2016:
Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University will present Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, free to the public, on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of WOU at the end of July.
Director David Janoviak has re-set this romantic romp in the Louisiana Bayou during the post-civil war reconstruction period, and it will feature costumes, music and dance from the period. Additionally, the play will be cast with a combination of student, community and professional actors.
Midsummer Night’s Dream is one Shakespeare’s most popular and oft-produced comedies. The play revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The story takes place in Midsummer and is a complex farce featuring four young lovers. Their romantic intrigues are confused and complicated by entering the forest where Oberon, the King of the Fairies and his Queen, Titania, preside. Puck (or Robin Goodfellow) is a major character who is full of mischief and tricks.
The show will feature several guest professionals, including costumes designer Laurel Peterson and actor Ted deChatelet in the part of Bottom. Dance Choreographer Daryl Thomas, who also serves as the artistic director of Rainbow Dance Company, will choreograph several dance pieces for the production. Valley Shakespeare Company hopes to hire several guest professionals each season to act and design for the company.
Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University will perform Midsummer Night’s Dream Wednesday, July 27 – Saturday, July 30 on the Leinwand outdoor stage outside of Rice Auditorium on the campus of Western Oregon University. The show will feature lawn seating, so audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. All performances will begin at 8:00PM and are free to the public. The running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and fifteen minutes with one intermission. The show is appropriate for all ages. The Friday, July 29 performance will be interpreted.