It’s a Live Under the Stars event at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee! On August 7th at 7:30pm join Driftwood Theatre for their performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummers Night Dream. This summer, Driftwood Theatre celebrates 25 years of the Bard’s Bus Tour by revisiting Shakespeare’s most magical, musical story. Four lovers and one band of hapless mechanicals wander into the Forest of Arden one fateful night, only to have their lives forever changed by the denizens of the faery realm. A magical adventure of musical proportions, Driftwood Theatre’s A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream is sure to delight the hearts of audiences of all ages. Using Shakespeare’s text A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream is a rocking, rolling, funktastic, jazz-infused musical celebration of theatrical proportions; with everything performed live and entirely A Cappella. Originally created in 2004 and performed again in 2012, A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream reunites composers Kevin Fox (The Swingle Singers, Cadence) and Tom Lillington (Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Hampton Avenue) with director Jeremy Smith. “It’s about community, companionship and love,” remarks Driftwood Artistic Director Jeremy Smith. “Dream reminds us of the importance of putting down our devices, stepping away from our screens, and making the kind of tangible connections which encourage empathy, understanding and respect.” 

Admission is pay-what-you-can. Live at the Macpherson House happens throughout July and in the gardens of the Macpherson HouseSeating can also be reserved online for a ticketed fee. For more information, call 613-354-3027. Please bring your own lawn chair.

About the Presenter:

Theatre Under the Stars, In Places You Love. Driftwood Theatre is Ontario’s leading outdoor summer touring Theatre Company, on the road with The Bard’s Bus Tour visiting Ontario communities since 1995. Driftwood believes in accessible, live theatre for everyone in Ontario. We envision communities connected through the immediacy and shared power of theatre experiences, which are reflective of the world, we life in.

Driftwood Theatre breaks down barriers to experiencing and participating in theatre art by bringing theatre and engagement opportunities to audiences in Ontario who may not have access to professional performance.  We support dialogue and collaboration between urban and rural artists and communities. We provide mentorship, training and outreach to encourage our new generation of theatre artists, administrators, technicians and audiences. We encourage people who are geographically, culturally, economically, and generationally diverse to reconsider the world around them through inspired exploration of Canada’s and the world’s greatest theatre in non-traditional settings. We broaden our collective understanding of ‘classic’ theatre through new interpretations of the work of William Shakespeare and other great playwrights, even as we invest in the development of today’s voices in Canadian Theatre – the classics of tomorrow.

Trafalgar 24, Driftwood’s annual 24-hour site-specific theatre creation event, began in 2004, and has fostered the creation of over 100 short plays set in the beautiful Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario. In 2011, Trafalgar 24 became a juried festival, kicking off our play development program, Beyond The Bard. Each year, one Trafalgar 24 playwright receives a residency to further develop their work.

Since 1995, the company has performed for over 100,000 people in venues across the province. City parks, campus fields, schools, heritage museums, castles, private estates and even a parking lot have, at one time or another, been home to a Driftwood performance.