Fun, frolic and fairies in WTC’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Cameron Toney works on her line for the upcoming Winters Theatre Company production of Midsummer’s Night Dream. (ClassicCity LLC/Courtesy photo)

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By Germaine Hupe and Jessicca Sommerfeldt
Special to the Express

What do a mischief-making elf, feuding fairies, a powerful Duke, run away young lovers, an Amazon queen, and a troupe of would-be “classical” actors have in common?  They are all characters in the Winters Theatre Company’s Shakespeare Under the Stars production of the popular comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which opens its four performance run on Friday, Aug. 5, and continues Saturday, Aug. 6, and the following Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. — so arrive early to grab a spot on the lawn. 

Only a playwright of Shakespeare’s genius would succeed in combining four separate plots into a unified dramatic experience, but the Bard has done exactly that and produced a comic masterpiece which has endured for over four hundred years and continues to delight modern audiences. “Midsummer Dream” is set in the forest outside ancient Athens on a magical night in midsummer. On this special moonlight night fairies interact with mortals, often with hilarious results.

The play is famous not only for its charming depiction of fairy folk, but also for its portrayal of the lovable, well meaning, but completely inept “mechanicals,” Athenian workmen who attempt to present a classical tragedy to honor the wedding celebration of their ruler, Duke Theseus.  This “play within a play” is one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious scenes.

The Winters Theatre Company invites the community to join them for four fun-filled evenings in the outdoor amphitheater behind the Winters Community Center. All performances are at 7 p.m. Bring the family, a picnic supper or refreshments, lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy Shakespeare Under the Stars.  Tickets are available at the door. Tickets are only $10, and children under 12 will be admitted free.

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