Students to perform ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

College of Fine Arts at Illinois State will sponsor a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” from Feb. 21 to March 1 at the Center of Performing Arts (CPA).

Tickets cost $17 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the box office at the CPA .

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a three-act opera directed by Paul Dennhardt. It is composed by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, and is an adaptation from the play by William Shakespeare.

The School of Theatre and Dance and the School of Music have come together in this performance and continues in the year-long celebration of Britten’s operatic rendering of Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece.

Auditions were held in the fall and students began rehearsing early this semester. Rehearsals are held six days a week, four hours a night.

“It’s a lot of practice and a lot of hard work, but it’s a blast,” Matthew Black, stage manager, said.

The collaborations of the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance provide a large, varied cast with 14 singing roles.

The story line is loosely based on Shakespeare’s version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with three different story lines that intertwine with one another.

There is an emphasis on forest scenes where four fairies fall in love with the wrong people after ingesting a potion, a king and queen that fued with one another and the suppressed working class.

Paul Dennhardt, director, joined the faculty at Illinois State in 2001 where he teaches physical approaches to acting.

He is a resident fight director for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and serves as a movement consultant for productions for the School of Theatre and Dance.

Performance times are available on the ISU events calendar.

For special accommodations or additional information on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” please contact the College of Fine Arts at (309) 438-832.

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