Rockford Dance Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

From press release

Who doesn’t enjoy watching fairies flit about to the amazing music of Felix Mendelssohn? Add Shakespeare’s favorite comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and you have a fantastical night of entertainment. Lighten your heart and share a laugh with this escape of sprightly movements filled with mirth, mistaken identity, and a successful love story or two.

Rockford Dance Company (RDC) will revive this award-winning production, set in the intimate woods at the New Sullivan Theater (Old New American Theater) at 7:30 p.m., April 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m., April 17; and 3 p.m., April 18. Tickets are $20, $32 and $40. Call (815) 963-3341 for more details.

Guest artist Avram Gold will join RDC’s company in the role of Oberon, the King of the Fairies. Avram began his training in Fairfax, Calif., and joined the prestigious Houston Ballet in 1998. His mastery of technique and artistry has taken him all over the world in principal roles. In 2002, Avram joined the Omaha Theater Ballet where his athletic interpretations included title roles in Dracula, Romeo and Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird and The Nutcracker.

“Ballet is usually presentational, but I feel that Midsummer is theatrical enough to work on a thrust stage,” said Artistic Director Margaret Faust. “The restaging has been an enjoyable challenge to me, and the company is ecstatic about the new dimension and the proximity of the audience.”

Costume and Set Designer Julie Seger faces the challenge of creating a full forest atmosphere in the space. “I want it to be magical in its interpretation and to offer the glow and enjoyment of a warm summer night,” Seger said.

Audiences Friday and Saturday night will enjoy mingling among small fairies in the lobby of the theater. A silent auction will feature more than 25 fairy dolls created by a local artist.

Rockford Dance Company

Established in 1973, the Rockford Dance Company (RDC) is a nonprofit organization committed to excellence in its mission to promote the art of dance through quality performance, education and outreach programming.

RDC is a pre-professional dance company and one of four resident performing organizations of the historic Coronado Theatre. RDC produces The Nutcracker with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra annually and also produces a full-length ballet each spring.

RDC is a past recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award for its recent production of The Sleeping Beauty. Established in 1981, the School of the Rockford Dance Company serves more than 600 students each year and provides a variety of dance classes year-round to students ages 3 to senior citizen.

In addition, DanceReach, the performing company of the school, performs throughout the year for community events.

RDC’s newly-renovated offices and five studios are in the Riverfront Museum Park.

For more information about RDC, visit

From the March 31-April 6, 2010 issue

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