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MSU Theatre Arts presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Minot State University’s Program of Theatre Arts presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” re-envisioned and directed by Aili Smith, MSU associate professor and co-chair of Humanities, Oct. 22-24 in Aleshire Theater at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. A matinee performance will be held Sat., Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

In Shakespeare’s comedic and colorful tale, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” love, drama and mischief descend upon a magical world where anything is possible. Shakespeare’s classic comedy is about the misadventures of star-crossed lovers, fairies, and a troupe of actors.

"I'm inspired by so many things in life; art, music, yoga and family," Smith said. "For this adaptation, I found inspiration all around me and I'm excited that I found ways to integrate it into my vision for this production. I don't want to give away the surprises, but I will say that I truly re-envisioned this adaptation for the kid in all of us -- at any age. It is a colorful celebration of classic theatre, that is nothing like what you would expect from a Shakespearean play, all the while not losing any of Shakespeare's brilliance. In this modern twist, his comedy loses none of its charm or hilarity."

Set on a Midsummer’s night, the story begins with the announcement of the nuptials of Theseus, Duke of Athens (Jenny Castro), and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons (Erin Kampen). When Hermia’s father, Egeus (Branden Evans) threatens to deprive Hermia (Madison Curtiss), of her true love, Lysander (J’Kobe Wallace), when he forces her to choose between her true love and certain death or Demetrius (Jaryn Homiston), the man he would prefer she marry and who is loved by Helena, Hermia’s best friend (Maddie Thomson). The lovers, Hermia and Lysander flee into an enchanted forest filled with fairies, and are followed by Demetrius, who loves Hermia and Helena who loves him. When mischievous Puck (Jason Gaarder,) mistakes one Athenian for the other, the misadventures begin. And that is just one of the plots! The cast includes many talented students, faculty and staff, and alumni cast in various roles.

Written over 300 years ago, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. Shakespeare artfully and imaginatively weaves together mistaken identities, misunderstandings and misadventures with his trademark genius for words and wit, resulting in a comedy that remains as engaging and exciting as it did when it first graced the stage in the late 1500’s.

For tickets or questions, contact the MSU theater box office at 858-3172. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and children under 18. MSU students, faculty and staff are free with current MSU ID. There will be no intermission. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Published: 10/19/15



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