A Midsummer Night's Dream April 9-13

UW-Fond du Lac stages Shakespeare classic in Prairie Theater
By UW-Fond du Lac

The UW-Fond du Lac Theater Department will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare April 9-13 in the Prairie Theater, 400 University Dr.  Show times are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

This is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, believed to have been written in the mid-1590s. 

Theseus, duke of Athens, captures and captivates Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons.  The play begins shortly before their nuptials.  Egeus brings his errant daughter, Hermia, before the duke demanding that she marries his choice for a husband, Demetrius, or be put to death.  Lysander loves Hermia and says the well-known line - “The course of true love never did run smooth.” 

The play is directed by Caryn Cleveland-Short and features UW-Fond du Lac students, alumni and community members as part of the production. 

“With interfering, battling fairies, a group of yokels planning a play within the play to entertain the duke and another lovelorn maiden, there is something for everyone in this production,” said Cleveland-Short. “Mounting the play was a herculean task, but this cast, many of whom are double-cast, has been phenomenal.”

She adds that members of the cast have also functioned as costume designers, prop mistresses and much more.  “They are as clever and whimsical as the play.  They have been undaunted by the physicality demanded of them as they swing from ladders, jump from high platforms and manhandle one another.  They provide a rollicking good time.”

Cleveland-Short returns to directing after a long hiatus.  She has a master’s degree in communications and theater arts and directed shows as an undergraduate and graduate student.  She spent ten years directing community theater productions for adults and children.  Most recently, she directed a readers’ theater at UW-Fond du Lac. She also teaches communications courses and certified nursing assistant courses at the university.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. UW-Fond du Lac students can attend free with ID on April 9. Purchase tickets at the UW-Fond du Lac Business Office, by calling (920) 929-1111 or at the door.



Laurie Krasin