A Midsummer Night's Dream in Sandwich

Shakespeare comes early to Sandwich this year, with Advice To the Players’ popular summer offering opening on Friday, August 5, the weekend at the start of Old Home Week.

This classic comedy is a surefire crowd pleaser. In the steamy forest at night, young lovers wrangle and passions are put to the test. Fairy spells are everywhere and danger lurks behind every tree. Meanwhile, a group of craftsmen—rude mechanicals—rehearse a play intended for great Theseus’ nuptial day. At their final rehearsal, however, the weaver is transported causing mayhem and disarray. Is this only a dream?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a story of love and passion, of innocence and dreams,” says director Mark Woollett. “Shakespeare weaves a magical tale and paints the stage with some of the most enchanting and lovable characters ever created.”

The production is led by the husband and wife team John and Pam Schnatterly, as Oberon and Titania, who are joined by newcomer Greg Parker as the mischievous Puck. Andrew Codispoti, Angela Smith, Samantha St. Onge and Bill Viau play the sparring lovers and Richard Moses, Lisa Thompson, Chris Bolt, Leo Goldman, Will Johnston and Frederick Bickford bring up the rear as the craftsmen. The many fairies are played by a lively group of children, teens and young adults, led by Emma Bickford, Elizabeth Crooker, Brianne Robitalle and Sandy Trask. Dennis Sullivan rounds out the cast as the stern and paternal Egeus.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a perfect piece of summer entertainment for audiences of all ages. The performances are at 2 PM August 5-7 and 11-14 at The Sandwich Fairgrounds Stage and 7:30 PM August 9 at the Sandwich Town Hall. For tickets and information visit Advice to the Players, call 986-6253 or e-mail contact@AdviceToThePlayers.org.

If you want to tell your kids the story of the play before you take them to see it, you can read them this, let them listen to this, or show them the animated videos below: