Recap: Shakespeare in the Park!
As part of our 2016 Summer Performance Series, Hedgerow Theatre brought Shakespeare to the historical Glen Providence Park stage! The natural setting of the park – with its elegant Ostrich ferns – provided a charming backdrop for the strange and delightful comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, whose characters are controlled and manipulated by forest fairies.
Under the inspired direction of Hedgerow Theatre Executive Director Penelope Reed, the production wonderfully captured the whimsy, wit, and mischief in Shakespeare’s quick-moving comedy. There were multiple costume changes, cast rotations, and running on and off stage. The actors from Hedgerow’s Company, summer camp, and theatre school gave a magical performance, captivating an audience of around 125 attendees.
We were delighted that Hedgerow returned to the Glen Providence stage after their enchanting enactment of the park’s 1700’s Newlywed Ghost Story and 1800’s Witch Story for the 80th anniversary celebration of the park last Halloween!
Many thanks to all who made Shakespeare in the Park possible: Delaware County Parks & Recreation, Concert Series Sponsors Media Recreation Board and Media Rotary Foundation, Concert Sponsor Sterling Pig Brewery, our volunteers, Marcia Tate for her artful decoration of the stage, the over 125 people who attended, our tireless Concert Chair Lisa Johnson, and of course the talented Hedgerow actors! A special thank you to George Tate not only for taking his usual fabulous photographs, but also for all of his additional help. And thank you to The JMW Entertainment Group for once again providing excellent sound, for an action-packed production!
For the third time this summer, we were saved from temperamental summer weather on our scheduled date – it was clear and breezy on our Sunday, August 7 rain date!
Click on any photo for a closer look, or scroll through them all to see what it was like! Photographs by George Tate.