Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Spring Fundraiser for MIDSUMMER

Dreyfoos School of the Arts is trying to sell out their Friday night performance of their musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, entitled simply MIDSUMMER, to send 120 cast/crew/orchestra members to the Florida State Thespian Festival where they will perform MIDSUMMER for 3,000 high school dramastudentsand their teachers.

The musical is based upon Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which tells the story of two pairs of star-crossed lovers who encounter faeries and pranksters in the forest of Athens.  Putting a new spin on the story, creator/director Beverly Blanchette (Dean of Theatre) has set the play in modern Greece and has added  “faerialists” to provide an illusion of flight. 

Midsummer   features  Moody Blues’ favorites “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.”  Musical direction and arrangements are provided by Bruce Linser (with special orchestrations by Anthony Espina), choreography by Garry Q. Lewis, scenic design by Michael McClain, scenic artistry by Cindi Blank Taylor, costume design by Penelope Koleos-Williams, lighting design by Stuart Reiter, and technical direction by Edward Blanchette.  Midsummer is produced by Marcie Gorman-Althof and managed by Wade T. Handy.

Of special note is the aerial artistry choreographed by Rain Anya of The Paper Doll Militia.

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