Hello to all in Champaign and Ford Counties that love Community Theatre:
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
The Rantoul Theatre Group has chosen its cast for “A
Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare, adapted by Michael C.
Nelson. The play will be performed
on May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2011 at the Grissom Hall Theatre at 914 Arends
Blvd, Rantoul, Illinois with local actors from Champaign, Urbana, Fairmount,
Ogden, Paxton, and Rantoul. Friday
and Saturday evening performances start at 8:00 p.m. Two Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Heading the cast are:
“The Royals:” Tim Kirby as
Theseus, Lucie Gibbons as Hippolyta, Shannon Satterlee as Hermia, Edward
Mullins as Lysander, Ashley Kirby as Helena, Jace Jamison as Demetrius, Larry
Smith as Egeus, and Harriet Hinderer as Philostrate.
“The Magics:” David Heckman as Oberon, Cynthia McEntire as
Titania, Krista Lueders as Puck, CheyAnne Autumn as Peaseblossom, Heaven
Bonelli as Moth, Darian Bock as Cobweb, and Ashley Walp as Mustardseed.
Buffi Bonelli as Peter Quince, Tracy Hogan as Nick Bottom, Baylie Jones as
Robin Starveling, Brian Chaney as Francis Flute, Dean Kirby as Snug, and Stacey
Murphy as Jane Snout.
“The Fairies:” Mninnalun
Bagtas, Thrinnagee Bagtas, Helena
Ellis, Julie Mehlan, Courtney Schwing, Autumn Smith, Storm Smith, Isabelle
Torres, with James Davis, Spencer Gillam, Matthew Lindsey, and Ethan Shaw as
Michael C. Nelson directs the play with Karen Hughes as
Assistant Director/Stage Manager.
One of William Shakespeare’s most acted comedies, “A
Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a farcical love story about Hermia who is being
forced by her father to marry Demetrius while she really loves Lysander and
Lysander loves her. Demetrius
loves Helena and Helena loves Demetrius and is jealous of Hermia. Theseus the Duke of Athens is betrothed
to marry Hippolyta and make her his queen. Oberon the King of the Fairies is jealous that his Queen
Titania has fallen in love with Nick Bottom who is given the head of a
“jackass.” Due to the mischief of
the head fairy, Puck, love potions are placed in the sleepy eyes of the wrong
people and they wake up in the forest in love with the opposite lovers. In the end, all mischief of the fairies
must be undone so that three royal weddings can take place in happiness and
joy. And, as Puck epilogues: “Give me your hand, if we be friends,
and Robin shall restore amends.”
The Rantoul Theatre Group has 190 seats and free
parking. Reservations may be made
by calling 892-1121 and leaving information on the answer machine or e-mail the
director at mike <at> rtgonline.org.
Patrons can visit the website at www.rtgonline.org
or on Facebook: Rantoul Theater
Group for further information about the play.
For Rantoul Theatre Group