The Arena Fair Community Theatre company is working on the finishing touches to present their unique, whimsical take on one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
DelawareO was lucky to be able to sit down for a preview of what is to come. Based on our brief glimpse, this performance is one you shouldn’t miss.
The team behind the production, Producer Greg Patterson, Director Cat Hodge, and the over 30 members of the cast and crew have been working tirelessly to bring this classic tale to life. The play, which is set in a mystical forest, is a comedic tale of four lovers and their adventures with the fairy kingdom. It is known for its whimsical and lighthearted storyline, making it a perfect choice for families and audiences of all ages.
The rehearsal showcased the level of dedication and attention to detail that the cast and crew have put into this production. The team comprises around 30 members ranging in age from 9 and up. In spite of the very few missed lines, and technical glitches, everyone was working diligently to perfect their roles and the overall performance ahead of opening night.
During my conversation with Greg Patterson, Founder of Arena Fair and Producer, he highlighted the challenges of putting together a play of this scale. He emphasized the significance of technical rehearsals, such as the one, was to ensure that all the technology works flawlessly, and any potential issues, are identified and resolved before the final dress rehearsal.
Even with these challenges, Greg expressed confidence in the execution of the production. He also mentioned that the budget for this particular show is modest, thanks to the fact that Shakespeare’s works are in the public domain, eliminating the need to pay royalties to companies that hold rights to modern scripts. He also expressed gratitude to the schools and United Way for hosting the Willis Theatre and their generous support. Giving the performers a venue to entertain their audience with a quality show.
As I watched the actors and crew rehearse to bring this production to life, I couldn’t help but notice how well-prepared they are to put on a fantastic show. There were numerous occasions where I found myself chuckling. A couple times, I even laughed out loud at the actors’ witty delivery. The unwavering passion and dedication displayed by each person involved in this production is genuinely engaging. I am confident that it will be a standout event in the local community. You truly could tell that they were practicing like they planed to perform on show night.
Arena Fair’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will have performances on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 pm, Friday, March 31, at 7:00 pm, Saturday, April 1, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 pm. The budget-friendly ticket prices starting at $12.00 can be purchased online through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakespeares-a-midsummer-nights-dream-tickets-532066985677?aff=ebdsoporgprofile.
The rehearsal was so enjoyable, I am working to rearrange my schedule in hopes to catch this worthwhile performance with my daughter.
Whether you’re a seasoned fan of Shakespeare or were only exposed to his works because of your high school English teacher (Thank you Ms. Pyron), this production promises to deliver a good time. Really, do not miss the opportunity to be enchanted by Arena Fair for yourself.