A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Beth Gardiner

Co-Sponsored by 

Magic awaits in the forest…

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

Ah, love. Young and gooey, explosive and fiery, brotherly, unrequited, enduring. A Midsummer Night’s Dream revels in the myriad ways we find to love one another and the lengths we go in order to build and protect our most precious relationships.

Often called “an almost perfect play,” Shakespeare’s comedy tumbles out of the city into a fantastical wilderness of moonlight and magic as lovers and would-be poets  – seeking  freedom, romance and inspiration – stumble upon the forest realm of the fairy king and queen. What follows is a fast-paced, hilarious and heartfelt adventure where ridiculous antics lead to magical moments in unexpected ways.

Who should you bring?

This production is perfect for the whole family. Delightful, exciting, and magical, Midsummer is sure to enchant theater-goers of all ages.

Run time: 2 hours including intermission (120 minutes)



Benjamin Boucvalt


Silas Sellnow


Andrew Carlson


Anna Sundberg


Anique Clements


Zach Curtis


Antonio Duke


Leah Gabriel

Production Team

Director: Beth Gardiner

Set Designer: R. Eric Stone

Lighting Designer: Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz

Costume Designer: Rebecca Bernstein

Sound Designer: Matt Tibbs

Props Director: Connor McEvoy

Stage Manager: Kimberly Carolus

Text Coach: Victoria Teague

Special Events & Offers

PWYW (Pay What You WILL) Previews:

Catch the final stages of the rehearsal process during our PWYW Previews! You can see the show before the opening of the season and pay whatever you are able for your ticket. These tickets are not available online – call the Box Office or stop by in person to reserve a seat to the PWYW Preview performance. Then make sure to tell your friends about what you saw and invite them back for the “real” thing!

Opening Performance, July 1

Midsummer will be the third production of Opening Weekend. Opening Night is always an exciting event. Your Opening Night ticket will include admission to the first party of Opening Weekend, which begins immediately after the performance of Shakespeare in Love on Friday, June 29th in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. There will also be an Opening Weekend party on Sunday, July 1 after the opening of Midsummer and before the opening of Venus in Fur. Opening Weekend parties include complementary food, cash bar, live music, and a chance to interact with GRSF company members. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event!

$12 Tuesday

Every Tuesday during the season is a $12 Tuesday (excludes Callithump!). All regular tickets are only $12 no matter where you sit (student tickets $10). Make sure to get yours early – these sell out quickly! $12 Tuesdays for A Midsummer Night’s Dream are July 3rd and July 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Chill with Will (Thursday evenings)

Chill with Will: GRSF provides FREE tickets for students age 11 – 18 to a selected performance of each professional production. With programming tailored to students before the performance, and a Company Conversation after, GRSF is passionate about welcoming students to the theater. All students are encouraged  to reserve their free Chill with Will ticket through the Box Office in advance. Guardians wishing to accompany a student must purchase a ticket. Chill with Will tickets must be reserved over the phone or in person. Not available online.


  • Set Design: R. Eric Stone
  • Lighting Design: Lonnie Alcaraz
  • Costume Design: Rebecca Bernstein
  • Sound Design: Matt Tibbs
  • Wigs & Hair Design: Mary Capers
  • Photographer: Dan Norman

** Photo’s Will Arrive Soon **

The Great River Shakespeare Festival would like to invite you to enjoy our Fidget Friendly Performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday the 28th of July at 2pm.

What is a Fidget Friendly Performance? It’s an inclusive theatrical experience designed to be welcoming to individuals who might have extra needs and those attending with them. This supportive environment provides an opportunity for people to attend live theatre who may not be able to do so with a general audience. As the name suggests, these performances are less formal and more supportive of sensory, communication, movement and learning needs. At no time, will anyone be asked to leave the performance due to sound, movement or behaviors related to differing cognitive/developmental abilities. This will be a judgement-free environment.

There will be staff present to help escort families who need a break from the show in and out of the theatre to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the show.

Great River Shakespeare Festival hopes that everyone in the community has an opportunity to fall in love with Shakespeare, so please bring yourself or a loved one out to enjoy the show.

If you have any questions, please contact Acting Education Director, Jenn Oswald at education@grsf.org.