BARD ON THE BANDSTAND 2016:
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" deals with the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage. In our 2016 version, it is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius! Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods. "The course of true love never did run smooth" says Lysander. Demetrius follows them, and he is pursued by Helena, who nurses an unrequited passion for him. A love quadrangle develops among the young lovers when the mischievous faerie, Puck, plays Cupid. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearses a badly-written play, "Pyramus and Thisbe”, for the wedding of Thesus and his bride, Hippolyta. As the actors rehearse in the woods, all soon find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the faeries. Magic, action, love and laughter are woven together with the unforgettable MUSIC of 1967 – The Summer of Love!
This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all. Love is crazy, love is mad. Will love win out in the end? … Of course it will!
Bard on the Bandstand 2016: A Midsummer’s Night Dream - the Summer of LOVE
Preshow entertainment at 6:30 pm; show at 8 pm
"The course of true love never did run smooth”. But with a little magic and music in the moonlight, love is bound to triumph!
Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and a donation for the food bank and prepare to fall into a lovely DREAM!
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