A mid­sum­mer night’s dream opens at the ot­ter val­ley playhouse

Tillsonburg News - - OPINION -

Theatre Till­son­burg’s first show of the 2018-19 sea­son is the clas­sic shake­spearean com­edy a mid­sum­mer night’s dream, per­formed by a tal­ented and en­thu­si­as­tic cast of 22 lo­cal ac­tors.

The set­ting has been up­dated from an­cient athens to the swing­ing 60s, with cos­tumes and mu­sic to match. once the hap­less hu­mans find them­selves in the deep and mys­te­ri­ous woods sur­round­ing the city, all traces of civ­i­liza­tion fall away. Their en­coun­ters with the fairy court of oberon and Ti­ta­nia change their lives for­ever - and there are plenty of laughs to be had along the way!

as usual, the tal­ent is not just to be found on­stage - Jane brown, the award-win­ning head of cos­tume, has done won­ders with both the 60s clothes of the hu­mans, as well as the other-worldly cos­tumes of the fairies.

mean­while, lau­rel beechey has de­signed a mag­i­cal for­est, and anne Cor­co­ran spent hours cre­at­ing a truly splen­did tree to dom­i­nate the night woods! The light­ing de­sign by bob Hulme is sub­tle and ef­fec­tive.

mean­while, those 22 ac­tors spent a few evenings a month out at the theatre through­out the sum­mer, re­hears­ing in small groups, be­fore di­rec­tor Jan­ice lundy brought all the threads to­gether in oc­to­ber for a month of in­ten­sive pol­ish­ing be­fore open­ing novem­ber 1st to an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd.

a mid­sum­mer night’s dream opened at the ot­ter val­ley playhouse on pot­ters road nov. 1-4, and con­tin­ues nov. 9-11, 8 p.m. Thurs­daysat­ur­day and 2 p.m. on sun­day. The box of­fice num­ber is 519-6883026.

Theatre Till­son­burg ’s sec­ond play ofthe­sea­son­isThe­ladiesFour­some by norm Foster, and it runs Feb. 7-10 and Feb. 14-17. ‘sur­prises, se­crets and con­fes­sions come to the sur­face dur­ing this hi­lar­i­ous and heart­warm­ing round of golf.’

Con­trib­uted pho­tos

On the right, in the cur­rent Theatre Till­son­burg play, are Ja­son Parkins (Lysander) and Carolyn James (Her­mia). Below are (back row) Tammy Smoke, Stu Ion, Ted San­ders, Ross Hep­burn, Joey San­ders, Paul Bechard, Lynda Nevins, Lau­rie Deven, Paul Buch­ner, and front row, Carolyn James, Ja­son Parkins, Adam Glass, Claire Collins.

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