Woodlawn Arts Academy and Sauk Valley Community College’s Theatre Department will feature their first Shakespeare in the Park with free performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (sponsored by Savant) on June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 6 p.m. and June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m.
Audiences are in for a night of revelry in Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Magic potions, a mischievous sprite, and the trials of true love meet head on in the Athenian forest when four friends unknowingly find themselves in the domain of the fairy King and Queen. “The course of true love never does run smooth” in this tale of love and chaos.
Anna K. Kurtz, director of the show and Sauk’s theater director said, “The Sauk Valley is home to many talented theatre artists. A great number of these artists have contributed their creative prowess both behind the scenes and onstage to collaborate on this production.” Kurtz also included, “Audiences will enjoy this outdoor, performance experience. They can bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnics, and snacks while experiencing one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies in its natural setting, amid the trees of Hoover Park.”
This production includes the onstage talents of Karina Olivas, Alex Rodriguez, Tori Duffin, Chuck Price, Jill Price, Jorge Chirinos, Aaron Berogan, Rich McNich, Suzie Branch, Natalie Olds, Alli Wolber, and Hannah Matheney of Sterling; Brody Miller of Rock Falls, Peter Balser, Tim Boles, Kevin Tumleson, Ryan Elmendorf, Monique Elmendorf, Ben Thornton, and Shelby Westart of Dixon; Edwin Davis of Wheaton; Michael Farringer of Amboy; and Rachel Wirsing of Prophetstown. The production team includes costume designers, Faith Morrison and Ashley Frye, set designer, Chuck Price, set props, Kaitlyn Hailey, stage managers, Anna Micale, Roy Wilkins and Spencer Aurand, fight director, Matt McKay and movement coach Monique Elmendorf.
Woodlawn Arts Academy will also host a two-hour Shakespeare camp during each performance for children 12 and under. Students will learn about Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and theatre. They will also create their own performance of the show for parents to watch following the adult production. The cost of the camp is $10.
Bring a chair and grab a place on the law at Woodlawn Arts Academy in Sterling. In case of rain, the performances will be held in the J. Mark Beaty Performance Center at Woodlawn as well. “For more information about the show and children’s camp call Woodlawn Arts Academy at 815-626-4278 or SVCC Theatre Department at 815-835-6366.