Shakespeare in Paradise launches its second season as “best new theatre company in Southwest Florida” with A Midsummer Night’s Dream with performances at Barron Collier High School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 22, 23, 24 and 29, 30, 31 at 8:00 PM.
As a professional theatre company dedicated to presenting understandable and entertaining Shakespeare to the public and to the youth of Southwest Florida, Shakespeare in Paradise employs professional actors, directors, designers and technicians to work alongside student interns. This production’s 10 interns not only perform in the show, but gain experience working backstage and as understudies for leading roles.
Shakespeare in Paradise has also entered into unique relationship with Barron Collier High School with a percentage of each ticket sold helping to fund the theatre program at the school.
According to Pam Grabczynski, former head of the Barron Collier English Department and A Midsummer Night’s Dream assistant director, “As a teacher I know the value of students having the opportunity to get first-hand training. What is exceptional here is they are learning about all aspects of theatre and the experience is invaluable.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream focuses on the unpredictability of love and attraction. It suggests that sometimes the only explanation must be supernatural intervention. This universal theme, along with wonderfully written characters, broad comedy and great storytelling are what make A Midsummer Night’s Dream one of Shakespeare’s most popular, most enduring and most often performed plays.
Tickets are available at online at www.showtix4u.com, by phone at 866-967-8167 or at the door. Prices are $20/Adults and $10/Students. A $50 Special Patron Ticket Package is also offered for opening night and includes reserved seating and an opportunity to meet and “talk back” with the cast and director after the show.
Shakespeare in Paradise is a nonprofit, 501C3 organization, and welcomes
individual and corporate sponsorships to help fulfill our mission. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare is directed by John McKerrow. The cast includes Mark Vanagas, Mary Anne McKerrow, Rachel Endrizzi, Brad Goetz, Mike Santos, Jeff Weiss and Randall Jones.
Student interns include Leana Simpson, Tori Hendry, David Manni, Jonathan Perez, Takoda Garverick, Ana Milo, Cayla Abel, Luciano Marsali, Ginger Allen, and Kate Pulling.