School of the Arts

IUSB Theatre Company brings Shakespeare to the stage

Costume rendering by Sas HansonCostume rendering by Sas Hanson

The IUSB Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April. The play is a romantic comedy, dealing with love and dreams. “It is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays,” says Director Randy Colborn.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 and at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.

This is a sizeable production, with a large cast as well as a big demand for behind the scenes crew.  This has allowed many freshman and sophomores to be involved, when they may not have had the opportunity with a smaller show. 

Sas Hanson is designing the costumes for the play with help from students.  “Lots of research went into the production including looking at various artworks, fairies, and fantasy,” says Hanson.  Her concept is “Bollywood meets fantasy.”  She loves the Indian clothing and is using the predominant colors from the artwork and vibrant jewelry within the culture.  Hanson has added a “touch of sparkle” for the characters that will be playing the fairies.
If not Shakespeare’s greatest play, it may be his most popular.  For all of the silliness within it, the play has much to say about the difficulty of love, and why it is more than worthwhile.  Colborn hopes the audience, “Engages in it and have fun, because you cannot understand a Shakespeare play unless you are willing to engage in it.”

Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are free to students and children and $5-$9 for adults and senior citizens.  For more information visit or call the Arts Box Office at 574-520-4203.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
8 pm April 14-15
4 pm April 16
Campus Auditorium
1855 Northside Boulevard
SouthBend, IN 46615
Tickets $5-$9 | Free to students/children