Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” rolls constant comedy, characters with super powers and elegant tunes into an enchanting burrito that’s sure to mute any growling tummy.
It’s also the kind of robust play that’s perfect for Delaware Shakespeare Festival to celebrate its 10-year anniversary this summer. The theater company initially launched the play outdoors in front of Archmere Academy in 2003.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” recognized by some as William Shakespeare’s most magical tale, will kickoff this evening at 7:30 p.m. at Rockwood Park. Guests are advised to bring their own lawn chairs and perhaps a blanket.
Taking the reins as director is newly appointed artistic director David Stradley. David Amado — esteemed music director of Delaware Symphony Orchestra — wrote music for the production, while Alex Bucker — a dancer and choreographer with First State Ballet Theatre in Wilmington — is the choreographer.
What to expect
During one enchanting night in the forest, a fairy king and queen duel for supremacy, young lovers fall wildly out of and into love, and the world’s worst acting troupe puts on a remarkable show.
Surrounding the drama is Amado’s graceful tunes, which Stradley described the pieces as being “a marriage between folk and classical.”
Dress to impress
Long gone are the toga costumes from Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s first rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2003, said Stradley, 34, of Claymont.
This time around, costumes reflect an urban flavor that features attire like cargo vests, t-shirts and vintage-like dresses.
Stradley said his vision for the costumes is to covey a “mythic and a slightly timeless feel.”
Fun before the show
Organizers encourage guests to arrive 75-minutes before each show to hear live music and play games. In addition, actors will host an orientation centered around Shakespearean dialogue, as well as background information on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Life’s a picnic, so bring a blanket, your loved ones and enjoy the show!