Laughter abounds in the comedic ballet A Midsummer Nights Dream as the Rockford Dance Company (RDC) presents its grand finale of the season. The ballet will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17, on the Coronado Theatre stage. Midsummer will be a spectacle never before seen on a Rockford stage; the premiere features RDC, the accomplished Rockford Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Steven Larsen, the Mendelssohn Youth Choir and a Young American Theater group. The ballet was choreographed by Margaret Faust, artistic director of RDC, to the score by Felix Mendelssohn.
A unique and integral part of the presentation is a Fairy Doll auction. While volunteers from RDC made hand-sewn dolls, letters were sent to area artists asking them to decorate the dolls according to the ballets theme. These dolls will be offered in silent auction in the theater. Bids will be accepted before, during and after the performance. Winners will be called the following day.
Titania and Oberon, King and Queen of the Fairies, claim center stage to initiate this wonderfully fun-filled ballet, featuring a play within a play. It is two groups of lovers who are beset by fairy mischief in the shape of Puck, who leads the comedy along. Puck, using drops from a magic flower, confuses the situation and actually sends the pursuing lovers into the pursued. What ensues? Four star-crossed lovers return to court for a double wedding ceremony and a triumphant performance of the mini-play.
Reservations may be made by calling the MetroCentre Ticket Office at 968-5222. For group sales, contact Rockford Dance Company at 963-3341.