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William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the Bard’s most joyous and creative comedies, currently running through Oct. 6 at Rock Valley College’s Building F (“The Barn”). RVC Studio Theater’s Director Mike Webb is taking that joy and creativity to new heights in this steam punk-style production.
Shakespeare obviously pushed the bounds of creativity in order to write this unique and stunning piece of living poetry, and Webb, taking his cue (no pun intended) from the Bard, has likewise set out to compose RVC’s production into one that is stunning in its uniqueness.
David Mortenson portrays Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Miranda Hamand is Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. The Duke’s adherence to the law causes a foursome of confused young lovers – Hermia (Cassie Johnson), Lysander (Dale McGirk), Helena (Emily Marlow) and Demetrius (Kevin Poole) – to flee for the forest, where Brian Gustafson and Emily A. C. Miller turn up as Oberon and Titania, respectively, King and Queen of a band of mischievous fairies. Because the fairy royals are engaged in a Battle Royale, things are thrown out of joint for a band of roguish actors, led by an overacting, if well-intentioned, Bottom (Alex McIntgyre), which sets the stage for a fairy prankster named Puck (Christopher D. Brady) to create chaos in the night. But by morning, all is well again, leaving harmony not just among the characters but within and between the various worlds.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s creative team includes Andrea Bechert (scenic design), W. Alan Williams (costume design), Eric Moslow (lighting design), Mike Webb (sound design) and Christopher D. Brady (stage manager).
Tickets can be purchased online at www.rvcstarlight.com, by phone at (815) 921-2160 or by visiting the box office at 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford. Performances continue through Oct. 6. Ticket prices are $17 for adults, $16 for students and seniors. All performances are 8 p.m. with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Posted Oct. 3, 2012