A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Presented by Wichita Shakespeare Company
The Wichita Shakespeare Company (WSC) opens its 2019 Shakespeare-in-the-Park series with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s beloved play of fairies, young lovers, and an amateur acting troupe all colliding in the Athenian woods is the perfect Comedy for the Park.
The play is directed by veteran WSC director, Jane Tanner. Jane has been involved with every Shakespeare in the Park production in the Wichita area since the early 1980’s. The impressive cast assembled for the show includes Ben Smith as Bottom, Levi Nord as Oberon, Amy Ruppert as Titania, and
Jackson Wingert as Puck. Additional members of the cast include Jerry Wehry, Khyah Van Es, Don Wineke, John Stafford, Kinsey McDaniel, Logan Wohlford, Claire Wehry, Joe Parrish, Aron Pfingsten, Regan Bazzelle, Jeremy Buoy, Ezra Reeves, and Malacy Reeves.
All shows will begin at 7:00 pm, with an approximate running time of one hour and forty-five minutes. As always, the play is performed free to all audiences but donations are accepted and appreciated. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and, of course, bug spray.
Shakespeare-in-the-Park returns to the very popular Central Riverside, College Hill, and Buffalo parks in Wichita. Parks in Derby, Andover, and Park City complete the schedule. Additionally, a special inside performance will be held at University Friends Church. Seating will be provided for the inside performance. In the event of inclement weather, there will be a message posted at 6 pm on the WSC line (316-655-2017) alerting if the show has been cancelled for that evening.
Exact park/performance locations and dates are as follows:
June 7 th …College Hill Park, Wichita
June 8 th …Buffalo Park, Wichita
June 9 th …University Friends Church, Wichita
June 14 th …Central Riverside Park, Wichita
June 15 th …Hap McLean Park, Park City
June 16 th …Andover Central Park
June 21 st …College Hill Park, Wichita
June 22 rd …High Park, Derby
June 23 rd …Central Riverside Park, Wichita
For additional information regarding this show or press release, please contact Jane Tanner at (316) 617-2642.
Theseus, Duke of Athens – Jerry Wehry
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, Betrothed to Theseus – Khyah Van Es
Egeus, Father to Hermia – Don Wineke
Lysander, in love with Hermia – John Lloyd Stafford III
Hermia, in love with Lysander, but father prefers Demetrius – Kinsey McDaniel
Demetrius, wants to marry Hermia, formerly courted Helena – Logan Wohlfold
Helena, in love with Demetrius – Claire Wehry
The Rude Mechanicals
Quince, a carpenter, later the Prologue – Joe Parrish
Bottom, a weaver, later Pyramus – Ben Smith
Flute, a bellows mender, later Thisbe – Aron Pfingsten
Snug, a joiner, later the Lion – Malacy Reeves
Snout, a tinker, later the Wall – Ezra Reeves
Starveling, a tailor, later the Moon – Jeremy Buoy
Oberon, King of the Fairies – Levi Nord
Titania, his Queen – Amy Ruppert
Puck, servant to Oberon – Jackson Wingert
Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed – Titania’s fairy entourage – Regan Bazzell
Stage Manager – Julie Reeves