Fairies, adventures, a wedding, a donkey, and more. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the latest theatre production from William Woods University, has something for everyone.
This comedy is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works, and is perfect for the holiday season. “This play is all about magic and celebration — just what people want right now,” says Joe Potter, professor and artistic director of theatre.
The university hasn’t performed Shakespeare since the early 2000s, and everyone is thrilled to bring it back.
“Both kids and adults need to experience Shakespeare and understand that it’s not scary,” says Potter. “Shakespeare was just a guy trying to make a buck by writing plays and selling tickets. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a family-friendly entrance into his world and language.”
Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of communications, is the director of the play. To make it flow better, she condensed the script based on several different adaptations and combined roles so that most of the eleven-person cast performs multiple parts.
“I have been so impressed by our student actors,” shares Alpers-Springer. “They are excited and energetic, bringing ideas to rehearsal and molding the characters. It’s such a fun show to perform and to watch.”
The cast includes: Elizabeth Gibson, Julia Carney, Jessie Trapp, Jessica Fleeman, Kelley Barr, Elisa Parker, Justin Queen, Katrina Krieg, Olivia Davidson, Caitlyn Ney, and Koriie VanWinkle.
Students helping out in crew roles include: Michelle Woods, Sarah Williams, Chandler Bramstedt, Cody Pezold, Mikayla Laburay, Stephanie Walker, Jessica Fleeman, Sage Gosset, Bené Waggoner, and Melissa Williams.
The sets and lights were designed by William Woods alumnus, Joe Merlotti ’16.
But what is the best part of the show? “The donkey ears,” laughs Alpers-Springer. “They make everyone crack up every time.”
The play is being performed later this week on December 1–3 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m., at Dulany Auditorium on the William Woods campus in Fulton.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (6–12), and $6 for seniors (62+). Group rates are available for 10 or more.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.williamwoods.edu/mainstage or call 573-592-4267.