At Midsummer's End

A Backstage Preview of A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring Shakespeare's Littlest Players

Our beautiful Rachel as Titania, Queen of the Fairies
Mid July our Littlest Players mounted three outdoor performances of their first full length Shakespearian production: A Midsummer Night's Dream. We would like to share some of our backstage and dress rehearsal activities of cast and crew as a preview of our future web page of this sparkling event.
Getting in those last minute rehearsals with Adam, our mischievous Puck Mrs. Getz dressing our beautiful Fairy bower set
Amy, one of our faithful backstage tech crew Kirsten (Quince) takes a few minutes during dress rehearsal to chat with Nada and Maria, our tech assistants
Bernadette goes over lines with the cast before dress rehearsal
Mrs. Lloyd comforting Eileen who cried so hard because she couldn't be the Fairy Maid in the play. We promised her next year!
Nada is as shy backstage as on!
I promise these are my very last directions...
Our show begins...

"Four days will quickly steep themselves in night; Four nights will quickly dream away the time."

"I must go seek some dewdrops here, And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear." "What is Pyramus? A lover, or a tyrant?"
"Thou speakest aright; I am that merry wanderer of the night." "The course of true love never did run smooth." "O, that a lady, of one man refused, Should of another therefore be abused!"
"Why should Titania cross her Oberon?" "These are the forgeries of jealousy!" "No night is now with hymn or carol blest..."
"Sometime for three-foot stool mistaketh me; Then slip I from her bum, down topples she..." Wow! That's worth a picture! "Where was I to this keen mockery born?"
"Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad." "Good night, sweet friend: Thy love ne'er alter till thy sweet life end!"
"Sing in our sweet lullaby..." "What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?"
"Come sweet mortal, Sleep thou, And I will wind thee in my arms." "Why are you grown so rude? What change is this? Sweet love..."
"Then I perceive you are not nigh. Either death or you I'll find immediately." "And I say I love thee more than he can do." "Follow! nay, I'll go with thee, cheek by jole."
"Hand in hand, with fairy grace, Will we sing and bless this place." "Here come the lovers, full of joy and mirth."
"If we offend, it is with good will..." "O grim-look'd night! O night with hue so black!" "Where is my love?"
I never thought he'd get on stage in that dress! A happy Mrs. Mikkelsen got it on film! "Give me your hands if we be friends, And Robin shall restore amends."
Happy audiences!...
...And a tired, but happy (and proud) Director!
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