The play will have a four-show run over two
weekends, with 2 p.m. matinees on September 20, 21, 27 and 28. It
will be staged at Creekside, Lincoln College’s Outdoor Center for
Environmental Education located north of Lincoln. Patrons are
encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics if they like.
In case of inclement weather, the production will be moved to the
Meyer Theater in the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the
Lincoln campus. General admission will be charged; limited shuttle
service from Lincoln College to Creekside will be available for the
Sept. 27 and 28 performances. Call the Lincoln College box office at
217-735-7280 to reserve tickets or for more information.
“The backdrop of Creekside lends itself beautifully to this
particular piece, as most of it takes place in the forest or
wilderness where magic and mystery abounds. The openness reminds us
of our place as humans, and just how powerful the forces of nature
truly are, as embodied in this show by Oberon and Titania, the king
and queen of the fairies,” said Kenneth Kendall, Lincoln College’s
lead faculty for theater and director of “A Midsummer Night’s
Dream.” Theater major Alexa Maxey is co-directing the show as part
of her Senior Project.
The roles of Oberon and Titania, as well as Theseus and Hippoolyta,
will be played by freshman theater major Charles Irby from Peoria
and Lincoln College theater veteran Lauren Stanfield from Lincoln.
The rest of the cast is a blend of familiar faces and new talent,
including Kendall Katz, Tegan Follis, India Stoddard (all from
Lincoln), Isaiah Denton (Plano), Brett Vandy Nelson (Island Lake),
Ryan Huggins (Oak Park), Lauren Jones (Cerro Gordo), Geoff Lindlow
(Marengo), AJ Cook (Port Byron), Chris Bass (Peoria), Angelique
Tally (Chicago) and Elise Cordes (La Grange).
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“This production is audience interactive, so expect the
actors will be getting up close and personal, faeries will rush
by your hair, and lovers will recite poetry just inches from
your face. At the end of the day, this play is a joyful romp
through love, magic, and mischief that our students have
thoroughly enjoyed producing and we hope our audiences will
thoroughly enjoy watching,” said Kendall.
Directions to Creekside from the Lincoln College campus: take
Nicholson Rd north to Lincoln Parkway. Cross Lincoln Parkway and
continue on Nicholson Rd / 1250th Ave 3.1 miles (passing over
I-55, past the Epperson subdivision, and over Kickapoo Creek).
Turn left on 2000th St (the second left after Kickapoo Creek)
and travel about half a mile. Turn right onto the gravel road
marked Small-Edwards Trace that leads to Creekside.
[Text received; TRACY BERGIN, LINCOLN