IU South Bend’s Annual Children’s Theatre Production
In celebration of the Bard’s 450th birthday, the IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company is presenting a season full of Shakespeare’s glorious stories. The children’s theater presentation is a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.
The 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. he 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. Saturday, Feb. 8 in the Northside Hall’s 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 visit arts.iusb.edu or call the box office at 574-520-4203.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8
Campus Auditorium, Northside Hall
1825 Northside Blvd.
Moira Dyczko, Production Coordinator
Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts
Indiana University South Bend