University Theatre production selected for regional festival

University Theatre production selected for regional festival University Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream has been selected as a special "showcase presentation" for the regional competition of the American College Theatre Festival to be held in Cedar Falls, IA, Jan. 21-25.

This one hour adaptation of Shakespeare's most popular comedy is performed by marionettes and will be featured the evening of Jan. 22. The festival, which celebrates the best theatrical talent in region five of ACTF, includes universities and colleges from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Colorado.

Typically, six or seven productions out of approximately 75 competing productions within the region are selected to perform at the festival. A Midsummer Night's Dream offers the region a unique look at performance by marionettes.

If you missed the performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Vermillion in mid-December, you will have another opportunity to see this unique production Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. Tickets are $3 for the general public and $1 for USD students with ID. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved by calling the University Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400.

The production will also be showcased at Augustana College, Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and at Mount Marty College in Yankton on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m.

Directed and designed by Doug Strich, a senior theatre major, A Midsummer Night's Dream brings together aristocrats, their workers, and fairies in a wood outside Athens. When Egeus denies his daughter Hermia permission to marry Lysander, they and their friends, Helena and Demetrius, escape to the forest. The magic-filled forest is ruled by Oberon, Titania and the trickster Puck.

Puck delights in placing spells on the lovers and Nick Bottom, a weaver who along with a rowdy group of mechanicals, is preparing a crude but hilarious play to be performed at court. Because the forest represents the world of a dream anything can and does happen under the light of the moon and in the shadows of the trees. A Midsummer Night's Dream is recommended for ages eight and above.

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