In celebration of Shakespeare’s 455th Birthday
Driftwood Theatre presents their 25th annual Bard’s Bus Tour with A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream, an a cappella slant on William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Driftwood Theatre brings accessible, live, outdoor theatre across Ontario with contemporary Canadian takes on Shakespeare. A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from July 19 – August 18, 2019 with 27 performances in 22 cities and towns in Southern Ontario.
Originally created by Driftwood in 2004 and performed again in 2012, A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream is a colourful, upbeat, jazz-infused musical celebration of theatrical proportions; with everything performed live and entirely a cappella using the magical quality of voice.
For their 25th season, Driftwood will imagine A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream using Shakespeare’s text as an outdoor summer theatre experience for the entire family. Four lovers and one group of hapless tradespeople experience a chaos-filled night in the forest as they stumble across the mischievous Puck and the magical denizens of the faery kingdom.
Directed by D. Jeremy Smith, the A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream ensemble includes Steven Burley (Bottome), Nick Dolan (Demetrius), Nathaniel Hanula-James (Lysander), Kelsi James (Helena), Ahmed Moneka (Puck), Marissa Orjalo (Hermia), Siobhan Richardson (Titania) and James Dallas Smith (Oberon), accompanied by Musical Director Tom Lillington and vocalist Alison Beckwith.
A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream creative team includes composers Kevin Fox and Tom Lillington, production designer Julia Kim (Judas Noir, Obsidian Theatre; assistant designer, Stratford Festival), dramaturge Myekah Payne (Obsidian Theatre; Rosalynde, Driftwood), and stage manager Kelsey Rae.
A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
adapted by Kevin Fox, Tom Lillington and D. Jeremy Smith
July 19 – August 18, 2019
All performances begin at 7:30pm
All performances are FREE or Pay What You Can admission
(See website for details. Suggested admission $20-$30/person)
Patrons can now also reserve spaces and chairs
for each performance in advance online.
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