A Midsummer Night’s Dream
It is the new moon in the city of Athens, and the legendary warriors Theseus and Hippolyta are to be wedded in four days. Philostrate, the court steward, has been ordered to have a revel prepared for the wedding.
However, in the midst of the celebration, Egeus brings his daughter, Hermia, to Theseus for judgment. Egeus has chosen Demetrius, a young Athenian noble, as a husband for Hermia, but she has defied his wishes and fallen in love with the brash youth, Lysander. According to Athenian law, a father may decide who his daughter marries, and Egeus demands that Hermia marry Demetrius or be sentenced to death or to a nunnery for life.
This love triangle is complicated by the fact that Helena, another young noblewoman of Athens is desperately in love with Demetrius. Seeing no other recourse, Hermia and Lysander decide to elope and run away into the woods. Helena learning of their plans informs Demetrius hoping to gain his good will.
Meanwhile in the town, a group of local craftsmen (The Rude Mechanicals) have decided to put on a play for Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding in hopes of gaining favor from the Duke. The craftsmen decide to meet in the woods to rehearse their play at the same time that the lovers are searching for each other there.
However the woods are a dangerous place, because Titania and Oberon the fairy King and Queen are deep in the midst of a lover’s quarrel because Oberon desires custody of a mortal Indian boy who is the son of one of Titania’s ladies in waiting. Titania defies him to his face and refuses him custody of the lad.
Plotting his revenge, Oberon sends Puck to gather the flower necessary to make a love potion. This love potion will cause the one who has it squeezed into his/her eye while asleep to fall in love with the first being seen upon waking and Oberon intends to give it to Titania to humiliate her.
Oberon is disturbed in his plotting by Helena and Demetrius. After witnessing Helena’s pitifully unrequited love for Demetrius, Oberon orders Puck to apply some of the love potion to Demetrius eyes. Puck, unfortunately mistakes Lysander for Demetrius and complicates the lover’s lives further by causing Lysander to fall in love with Helena.
Oberon meanwhile gives the love potion to Titania who awakes in the middle of the play rehearsal of the Rude Mechanicals and immediately falls in love with Bottom the weaver who has been transformed by Puck’s mischief and given the head of a donkey.
Then begins a complicated dance of everyone in love with the wrong person, lost in the woods on a moonless night. However in the end, everything is put right, all the lovers are restored to their true loves and the Rude Mechanicals put on their play before the Theseus’ court to laughter and applause.
THESEUS, Duke of Athens Brian Martin
HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons Pam Martin
EGEUS, father to Hermia Garrison Martt
PHILOSTRATE, Master of the Revels Scott Jones
LYSANDER, in love with Hermia Alejandro Rodriguez1, Nathan Osburn2
DEMETRIUS, in love with Hermia Nathan Vickers1, Jimmie Bragdon2
HERMIA, in love with Lysander Karen Alvorado1, Laura Ray2
HELENA, in love with Demetrius Kelsey Wilson1, Jenny Lavery2
SERVANTS TO THE COURT
FIRST HUNTER Robert Stevens
SECOND HUNTER Travis Johnson, Dawn Allee
PAGE Trevor Martin
QUINCE, a carpenter Aaron Niemuth
SNUG, a joiner Eva McQuade
BOTTOM, a weaver Alejandro McDonald-Villarreal
FLUTE, a bellows-mender Heath Thompson
SNOUT, a tinker Gene Storie
STARVELING, a tailor Samantha Smith, Cherie Weed
OBERON, King of the Fairies Kevin Gates
PUCK, or ROBIN GOODFELLOW Casey Weed
OBERON’S COURT - Servants to Oberon
BOGLE, a wide eyed fairy Trevor Martin
CORVUS, a raven phooka Jimmie Bragdon
GRIMALKIN, a catlike fairy Robert Stevens
JADEUS, a shadow Nathan Osburn
POMMELOCH, a poison tree fairy Karen Alvorado
NIGHTSHADE, a sly and deadly fairy Laura Ray
RAGWORT, a prickly fairy Nathan Vickers
REDCAP, a monstrous henchman Travis Johnson
REYNARD, a fox fairy Katy Thompson
TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies Suzanne Balling
INDIAN BOY, Alejandro Rodriguez
TITANIA’S COURT – Servants to Titania
FAIRY, a flower fairy Jenny Lavery1, Kelsey Wilson2
COBWEB, an insubstantial fairy Laura Wick
MOTH, a luna moth fairy Christina Peppas
MUSTARDSEED, the smallest fairy Sara Billeaux
PEASEBLOSSOM, a flower fairy Kate Clark
ROSE, a flower fairy Jennifer Davis
IVY VINEFLY, a flower fairy Eva McQuade
MELODY, a musical fairy Liegh Hegedus
LORELEI, a naiad Laura Trezise
VINEA, a grapevine fairy Sarah Lee Schroeder
CORALINE, a naiad Samantha Smith
1 Friday Night, 2 Saturday Night.
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