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