A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wraps Up

We finished up the Shakespeare classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on July 31st. It was a really great event!

On Thursday, July 23rd, Friday, July 24th, and Saturday, July 25th, we were in Hurkamp Park in historic downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia. I loved the space! Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Service was kind enough to setup tents and a stage for us!

Hurkamp Park is actually really interesting. There were some signs posted that had some historical information. The Park used to be a cemetery until the bodies were dug up and moved to another location right after the American Civil War! Gulp! Note: Fredericksburg was one of the main areas of fighting during the Civil War. There were four separate battles in the immediate vicinity.

We had almost 200 people show up on Thursday, 250 on Friday, and over 350 on Saturday! Simply incredible! There is a large fountain (which can be seen in the upper left corner of the photograph below) that had to be turned off so people could hear the dialogue because people were sitting so far back from the stage.

Check out this awesome photograph courtesy of Kevin Bates.

Midsummer Night's Dream Hurkamp

On Thursday, July 30th, we moved to Spotsylvania Courthouse Village. The weather got rough and we got rained out 28 minutes into the show but the last show on Friday, July 31st, was much better! It was hot and the cast was looking right into the sun but we had a great show! Comically, five minutes after the show, King Theseus (aka me) released the royal waters, as the sprinkler system went off, sending everyone over the age of 8 out of the way of the water and everyone under the age of 8 straight into playtime!

Check out this amazing video that Kevin Bates put together that shows our efforts! (See if you can spot me!)

 

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10 thoughts on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wraps Up

  1. We live in the country now, and have for years, but when we lived in the city we would attend Shakespeare In The Park performances every Wednesday during the summer. It’s terrific seeing live performance, sitting on a blanket, drinking wine, and being under the stars. Makes the drama on the stage all the more dramatic to the senses. Congrats on a great run in VA.

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    • Thank you! Yes, I am learning this is a popular thing across the country!

      The show was a lot of fun! I wish we would have not gotten rained out so we could have run that one performance date. You work so hard for so long you want to be out there!

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