Midsummer celebrations in Scandinavia were held to welcome summertime and the season of fertility. Folk tales tell of people dressing up as “green men,’ clad in ferns and foliage, and of elves and mystical sprites. It was an occasion for young people, and considered a magical night.
The Shakespeare at the Centre production of William Shakespeare’s most loved romantic comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will transport you into folklore Scandinavia where midsummer celebrations mark the season of fertility, and send you into the woods during this celebratory evening, to meet elfish sprites who do much mischief in those woods!!!
Helena loves Demetrius, who loves Hermia, who loves Lysander, who in turns loves Hermia. Told by her father she must wed Demetrius, Hermia escapes into the woods with Lysander, followed by a determined Demetrius, who is followed by an even more determined Helena. The woodland sprites, Oberon and Puck, find folly in this procession and unable to help themselves, decide to meddle!!
A band of pathetic rustics also enter the woods to practice a play in private, in an attempt to secure a job performing before the Duke and Duchess. Once again our sprites cannot help but prank, involving an unknowing Titania, Queen of the Faeries in their mischievous plot.
The Northern lights transform the sky as love win in the end. Join us in the Scandinavian woods for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” performed in the courtyard of the Batavia Fine Arts Center, Fridays through Sundays, 7pm, July 22nd through August 7th.
Cut to 90 minutes of fast paced, understandable entertainment, this show is family friendly and perfect for a midsummer outing. Performances will be outdoors in the courtyard of the Batavia Fine Arts Center Show Dates: July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 and August 5, 6, 7 shows are 7:00 PM