Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream ends with the famous and oft-quote lines:
If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And it is these lines that have inspired STAR Productions’ upcoming production, If We Shadows…, an innovative, and highly shortened, rendering of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
About the Performance
This production tells the story by separating two normally unified elements--voice and action. Instead of having a cast of actors who both speak the lines and perform the action, this presentation has two casts sharing in the telling of the tales of mischief, magic, and mayhem. The story is narrated and the voices of the various characters are presented by a “vocal orchestra,” while a different set of actors behind a backlit curtain simultaneously depict the action of the play in shadow silhouettes.
The two casts—working together—present this 45-minute comedy in an entertaining way that will introduce new theatre goers to the work of the Bard, while also enabling more sophisticated audiences to revisit Shakespeare’s most charming comedy. The play is being presented a couple weeks before Shakespeare’s 450 birthday (April 23), a fitting way to celebrate the Bard!
Show Times & Dinner / Theatre
The show will be presented April 2 at 10:00 a.m., April 3 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and April 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. Dinner theatres will be offered on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. prior to the performance. Show-only tickets are $10, and dinner-theatre tickets are $25. Tickets for the show can be bought at the door, but reservations are required for the dinner-theatre experience. Reservations can be made by calling 814-472-3930.
The theme for the dinner is “An Italian Wedding Feast.” The all-you-can-eat-feast will include the following: antipasto salad, Italian wedding soup and vegetarian veggie soup, stuffed manicotti (with both meat and meatless red sauce offered), steamed carrots with rosemary, stuffed portabella mushrooms, ambrosia fruit salad, and garlic bread. And for dessert, there will Italian cookies (fitting for an Italian wedding) and spumoni ice cream.
Lending their vocal talents in front of the curtain are Edna Bellock (Ebensburg, PA) as the Narrator and Philostrate; Brian Davis (Lilly, PA) as Egeus; and Amanda Bellock (Ebensburg, PA) as his daughter, Hermia. Chris Bellock (Ebensburg, PA) is playing the dual roles of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Oberon, King of the Spirit World, while Anita Bauman (Flinton, PA) is presenting Hippolyta, Theseus’ fiancé, and Titania, Queen of the Spirit World. Rounding out the young lovers of Athens are Lysander, Demetrius, and Helena, voiced by Ethan Leydig (Portage, PA), Jake Bowen (Ebensburg, PA) and Abbey Bowen (Ebensburg, PA) respectively. Presenting some of the play’s most comedic moments are the cast of the “play within the play,” workers of Athens undertaking an amateur production of “Pyramus and Thisbe”: Patrick Reed (Loretto, PA) as Peter Quince; Randy Jeffreys (Johnstown, PA) as Bottom the Weaver/Pyramus; Alan Zajdel (Lilly, PA) as Flute, the Bellows Mender/Thisbe; Pat Fitzgerald (Flinton, PA) as Robin Starveling; Ron Kalasoski (Portage, PA) as Snout, the Tinker; and Brady Saksa (Cresson, PA) as Snug, the Joiner. Rounding out the vocal orchestra is Bronwyn Katdare (Cresson, PA) as Puck, mischievous servant to Oberon.
Behind the curtain, the cast of shadow players includes Zack Gula (Clinton, PA) and Emily Hurley (Alexandria, PA), presenting Theseus/Oberon and Hippolyta/Titania respectively. The young lovers Lysander, Demetrius and Helena are performed by Brian Goss (Duncansville, PA), Tom Sicree (Boalsburg, PA), and Alena Frazier (Rural Valley, PA), who also is playing Snout the Tinker in our evening shows. Chelsea Crandall (Lancaster, PA) is doing triple duty as Peter Quince (evening show only), Puck, and Philostrate. Anthony Damiano (Tamaqua, PA) is bringing Bottom the Weaver to shadow life. Our morning-only show cast includes Kaylyn Andress (West Mifflin, PA) as Hermia; Dara Parker (Baltimore, MD) at Robin Starveling; Mykael Dixon (Baltimore, MD) as Snout the Tinker; Logan Patterson (Derry, PA) as Egeus and Flute the Bellows Mender; Kori Gardner as Peter Quince; and Bill Myers (Cresson, PA) as Snug the Joiner. Our evening-only performers include Nicolette Bucci (Pittsburgh, PA) as Hermia and Snug the Joiner; Brandon Calhoun (Philadelphia, PA) as Egeus and Flute, the Bellows Mender; and Dency Samuels (Yukon, OK) as Robin Starveling. Rounding out the shadow cast are young actors Maggie Bowen and Jeremy Bowen, both of Ebensburg, PA, who are depicting festive children in the court and residents of the fairy world.
This production is conceived and directed by Bonnie M. Resinski and is made possible by the Fine Arts Department.