NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Shakespeare Festival continues its 30th anniversary season with a celebratory production of Shakespeare’s classical comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Thursdays-Saturdays and Labor Day Aug. 9-Sept. 9 in Centennial Park and Sept. 13-16 at Academy Park Performing Arts Center in Franklin.
This magical play, directed by Jaclynn Jutting explores the duality of love and asks: if we are in love are we ever in control?
Food and drink vendors open and Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers at 6 p.m. Pre-show entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. In Franklin, food and drink vendors open and Talking Shakespeare with nightly special guest speakers at 5:30 p.m.; pre-show entertainment is at 6 p.m. and the performance begins 7 p.m.
In true Nashville Shakes style, the production will feature an original score by Rollie Mains, played live by the composer and local musicians, Natalie Bell, Jeff Rogers, and actor/musician Matthew Cruz Benenson.
The cast of 23 actors and apprentice company members includes Nashville favorite, Tamiko Robinson Steele playing both Titania, Queen of the Fairies and Hippolyta. Also double-cast is Geoff Davin as Oberon and Theseus, and Artistic Director Denice Hicks, who will be playing both the mischievous Puck and Egeus. Plus, there will be elves and fairies on stage this year! Nashville Shakespeare Festival is offering Elf & Fairy Camp each week of the show and the 6-12 year-olds who attend the camp will perform in the show.
Blending the world of ancient Greece with an enchanting, twinkling fairy forest is set designer Paul Gatrell, lighting designer, Anne Willingham, and costume designer Colleen Garatoni with dance choreography by Everett Tarleton.
Tickets are free but a $10 donation is encouraged. VIP Royal Packages including reserved seating, VIP parking and a gourmet dinner by Bacon & Caviar are $75.
For tickets and more information, visit www.ticketsnashville.com.
All of Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s programming is supported in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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