EVENT UPDATE: This is a rain or shine event. Join us under the tent!
Join Driftwood Theatre for theatre under the stars at the Macpherson House in Napanee on Wednesday, August 7th at 7:30pm. They will be performing William Shakespeare’s most magical, musical comedy A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream. Driftwood Theatre is celebrating their 25th season of the Bard’s Bus Tour.
Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect outdoor summer theatre experience for the entire family. Four lovers and one group of hapless tradespeople experience a chaos-filled night in the forest as they stumble across the mischievous Puck and the magical denizens of the faery kingdom.
“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.”
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.
The Allan Macpherson House is located at 180 Elizabeth Street in Napanee. The performance begins at 7:30pm and general seating admission is pay-what-you-can. For more information call 613-354-3027.
About Driftwood Theatre:
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.