On Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m., the Struthers Library Theatre Arts and Education program presents the DeSales University's Will Power Tour of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
"We hope you'll join us and, if you like, wear your favorite fairy costume for fun," said theater artistic director Sue Spencer. " This madcap romp of mischievous meddling fairies and humans will delight lovers of the Bard and those who like a little fantasy in life.
The comedy"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is believed to have been written by Shakespeare between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the humorous events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the faeries that inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. Lovers lives are complicated by city laws, feuding faerie royalty, and, oh yes ... love.
The Linny Fowler Will Power Tour is the centerpiece of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's educational programming. Five of the past seven sold-out tours were honored to be selected as part of Shakespeare in American Communities - Shakespeare for a New Generation.
A 9 a.m. school show will be presented for selected grades in the school district. The Arts and Education program is sponsored by the DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, Arts Erie, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
This professionally directed 80-minute production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is complete with creative sets and amusing costumes. Trained and experienced actor/teachers will deliver compelling performances. Following the performance the audience may take part in a post-show discussion with the cast after the performance.
For the Arts and Education shows a special $5 student ticket rate is offered. $10 for adults and seniors. Children age 5 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the theater office, online at www.strutherslibrarytheatre.com or call 723-7231. Handicapped seating and assisted listening devices are available by reservation at the theater office.