William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the Bard’s most joyous comedies, and director Amber Dillard is taking that joy and running with it in Zemmer Middle School’s production, which runs May 17 through May 19 on the Zemmer Middle School Stage. This luxurious tale of fairies, dreams and moonlight is Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. And just as Shakespeare combined characters from three different worlds (royalty in the court of ancient Athens, tradespeople from the Elizabethan era and fairies from Renaissance folklore), Dillard is borrowing from different times and places to create a visually stunning and fantastical world.
Theseus, Duke of Athens, and his rigid views cause a foursome of confused young lovers—Hermia Lysander, Helena, and Demetrius—to flee for the forest, where they cross paths with Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of a band of mischievous fairies. Because the fairy royals are engaged in a battle royal, things are thrown out of joint for a band of roguish actors, led by a buffoon named Bottom which sets the stage for a fairy prankster named Puck to create chaos in the night. But by morning all is well again, leaving harmony not just among the characters but within and between whole worlds. “The course of true love never did run smooth,” but when the feuding king and queen of fairies interfere in the couplings of mortals, the result is bedlam, from the roguish Puck to the rustic would-be actors, from the impish fairies to the young lovers.
TICKETS: Can be purchased at the door one hour before the show begins, tickets are $5 and are on a first come first serve basis. House will open 30 minutes before the show begins.
TIMES: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 7:30pm, doors will open at 7pm. Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:30pm, doors will open at 7pm. Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2:30pm, doors will be open at 2pm.
LOCATION: Zemmer Middle School, 1920 Oregon Road, Lapeer, MI 48446. Any questions please call (810) 667-2413.