A Midsummer Night’s Dream set for April 16-18 at New Sullivan Theater

A doll for the silent auction created by Pam Parkinson. Photo provided

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., Friday, April 16; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 17; and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 18.

Tickets are $20, $32 and $40. The Sullivan Theater is at 118 N. Main St. Call (815) 963-3341 for more information.

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.

Artistic Director Margaret Faust expressed her enthusiasm of re-staging the ballet in the unique and intimate space at The Sullivan Theater: “Ballet is usually presentational, but I feel that Midsummer is theatrical enough to work on a thrust stage. 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.

Seger said, “I want it to be magical in its interpretation and to offer the glow and enjoyment of a warm summer night.”

Guest artists Avram Gold and company member Marina Raganese-Barnes. Photo provided

Audiences will enjoy mingling among small fairies in the lobby of the theater. A silent auction will feature more than 30 fairy dolls created by local artists. Participants of ArtScene will be welcomed into the lobby of The Sullivan Center to view this art.

For more information about RDC, visit www.rockforddancecompany.com.

From the April 14-20, 2010 issue

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