As I mentioned in last month’s catch-up post, I’ve been working all summer with the fine fellows from Shakespeare from the Heart in order to produce “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Tonight is our opening night, so if you live in northwest Indiana, you should come out and see us!
The goal of our troupe is to have fun together making Shakespeare accessible to the general public while also raising money for charity. Our shows are presented at no charge, but should the audience members wish to make a donation, all of the money we receive goes to our charity for the year. This year, we’re focusing on helping the Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic, a clinic in downtown Fort Wayne which provides services for low or no cost to people who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
Showtimes are at 6 pm tonight (July 25), 6 pm tomorrow (July 26), and 2 pm Sunday (July 27).
I’m extraordinarily proud of our cast and what we’ve managed to accomplish in the two months we’ve been working on the show. I still laugh every time we practice the show – it just keeps getting funnier and funnier. As the first fairy, I just have a few lines (plus a song!), but I have had so much fun with these fine actors, whether it be messing with the Pucks backstage or practicing my bubble-blowing with the fairies. Our sense of camaraderie is really like nothing I’ve experienced in a show before, and I think that’s because we all share the same love for Shakespeare and performing.
If you’re interested in learning more about our group, you can check out the Phoenix Productions website, and while you’re at it, like our Shakespeare from the Heart facebook page! And remember to come see our show if you can.