2014 children's theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

This year at IU South Bend we are celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday with a season full of Shakespeare’s glorious stories. Our children’s theatre presentation is a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented by the IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company.

Our play features a group of high school actors preparing to stage the story of Pyramus and Thisbe. Their play within a play is complicated by their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The farcical schemes of Fairy King Oberon and Queen Titania, along with Puck and the rest of the fairy court, get tangled with the students’ play. The Queen, under a spell from the juice of a flower, falls in love with an ass (who also happens to be an actor in the student play).

The hilarious comedy with its physical humor brings the poetic language of Shakespeare to youngsters in their best years of language acquisition. With their minds still greedy for new words and phrases, what better time is there to feed them a diet rich in Shakespeare’s poetry and prose?

The IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company will perform two public performances at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 8 in the Northside Hall Campus Auditorium. Children will have a chance to meet the actors and receive autographs after each public performance.

All other performances will serve as outreach to the surrounding community schools.

Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are available to adults and children for $3 from the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts box office. For more information or to get tickets online visit or call the box office at 574.520.4203.

Join us for an hour of poetry, fairies, and fun!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
11:00 am & 1:30 pm Saturday, February 8
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
1855 Northside Boulevard, South Bend
Tickets $3
574.520.4203 |