Meet the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Shakespeare – with a twist – is coming to Quincy Community Theatre this summer! We are thrilled to share the cast for our upcoming Student Lab Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! The production will mark the fourth production in QCT’s historic 100th anniversary season.
“The course of true love never did run smooth” in Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, when a group of hopelessly lovestruck (and lost) teenagers stumble into an ancient, enchanted forest. Here, the fairies love to wreak havoc on unsuspecting humans almost as much as they love playing tricks on one another. Add an eccentric rogue spirit and a bumbling troupe of wannabe actors into the mix—and what could possibly go wrong?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is under the direction of QCT’s Head of Education and Director of Student Theatre, Brendan Shea.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream is not only Shakespeare’s most performed work, it’s also his most unique. In addition to iconic characters and beautiful language, Midsummer’s world is a mash-up of mythology, magic, surrealism and comedy. And it’s a world that plays by its own (confounding) rules,” Shea said. “Our production will invite audiences into the Bard’s dream through an immersive, multi-sensory experience that will surprise both first-time and veteran Shakespeare fans. I hope that audiences of all ages will connect with this classic love letter to the theatre, to our collective imagination, and to love itself.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is made up of 19 student actors, several of whom are making their QCT and/or stage debut. The cast includes Conall Wolfmeyer as Oberon/Theseus, Gabby Jones as Titania/Hippolyta, Helen Smith as Puck, Thalia Wolfmeyer as Hermia, Lily Twaddle as Helena, Logan Mulch as Lysander, Simon Bruening as Demetrius, Baylee Dedert as Bottom, Cecilia Bruening as Quince, Randi Poppema as Snout, Ava Kaelke as Snug, Dominic Zanger as Flute, Briana Zanger as Starveling, Cecelia Wayland as Philostrate, Kellan Wiewel as Egeus, Trinity Schnelle as Peaseblossom, Aurora Hellige as Moth, Aubrielle Bradfield as Mustardseed, and Aislynn Griffin as Cobweb.
In addition to Shea as director, the production team includes scenic design by Harrison Clarke, costume design by Vicky Vail, lighting design by Bryan Zipp, and stage management by Bailey McNamar.
Tickets start at $13 and go on sale Monday, May 22. The performances are June 15-17 at 7:30 PM and June 18 at 2 PM. Everyone must have a ticket; however, seating in the Lab Theatre is general admission.
An interactive Discovery Night for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be held Tuesday, June 6 at 6 PM at QCT. The free event will give participants a view into the production process with discussion on the show’s topics and culminate with a preview of a rehearsal! In addition, immediately following the Friday, June 16 performance, there will be a Q&A talkback session with the cast and crew.
For more information, visit 1qct.org or call the QCT Box Office, located in the Oakley-Lindsay Center, at 217.222.3209.
QCT’s 2023 Season is sponsored by Gardner Denver.