2019 Season


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Cast
 

Logan Ball  Theseus
Anasazi Bhakti  Robin Starveling 
Rosaletta Curry  Hippolyta 
Cameron Gray  Oberon 
Zoë O'Phelan Eisenbrey Fairy 
Candice Handy*  Peter Quince 
James Hinkley  Snug, the Joiner 
J. Tyler Jones  Snout, the Tinker 
Leah Kelly+  Fairy 
Marla Kelly+  Fairy 
Arthur Langlie  Francis Flute 
Isis Phoenix  Titania 
Stefani Potter  Hermia  
Abbey Rhyne  First Fairy 
Andrés Rodriguez  Lysander 
Nolan Sanchez  Demetrius 
Madison McKenzie Scott  Helena 
Jim Snowden  Egeus 
Samuel L. Wick  Nick Bottom 
Andrew Yabroff  Puck
* Appears through special arrangement with Actor's Equity Association; + Youth Performer

Artistic Team

Director  Jackie Apodaca 
Stage Manager  Carolina Stevens 
Assistant Stage Manager  Chris Colbourn  
Production Assistant  Olivia Tymon  
Costume Designer  Valerie Johnson 
Set Designer  Suzi Tucker 
Prop Master  Wallace Ming Yan 
Composer  Matthew Bell 
Sound Designer  Stewart Blackwood 
Fight Director/Captain  J. Tyler Jones 
Choreographer  Megan LeMay 


From Jackie Apodaca, Director:

Just about everyone I know has a Midsummer story. Most of you reading this have one too. Here’s mine: I was a decent actor in a decent college BFA acting program, doing decent, safe work with a really very decent ensemble of acting students. Halfway through my training, our acclaimed and lovely voice teacher took a sabbatical and we were left in the hands of an overexcited adjunct. Instead of working with us on vocal exercises or sharpening our dialect skills, she decided we’d learn more by putting on a play. She chose the entirety of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We were set up to fail from the start. An overly genial group, we decided to swap roles throughout the show so no one got to hog “the lead” and to let everyone sort of do what they wanted to do. Our professor thought all our ideas were good ideas, which somehow meant we never made any decisions. We didn’t have enough class time for a project this big—just four hours per week for part of a term. Rehearsals were a mix of inspiring moments, as the professor helped students make personal acting breakthroughs, and dread, as the rest of us realized we weren’t going to have time to rehearse certain scenes at all...as in, ever. We were afraid. The “production”—as it were—would be seen by the decidedly judgmental and not so genial upper classmen. It shouldn’t have worked.

But it did.

It was, actually, glorious. The play held our insecurity, our spontaneity; our huge, odd, last minute choices. It held our unbridled, naïve, excitement and—as the afternoon went on-our bizarre, enthusiastic reveling. It wasn’t good; it was great. Our success was...magical. Our adjunct, the brilliant Judi Dickerson, didn’t seem surprised. We, not unlike Shakespeare’s rude mechanicals, were able to create something wonderful simply because we let the play take us where it wanted us to go.

I have worked on Midsummer many times since then; my understanding of the text has definitely grown and my work has surely matured. And still. I will never forget the feeling I had that day or undervalue the wholehearted artistic freedom it inspired me to pursue. But whether you were a fairy in kindergarten, read the play in high school, or saw a special production that changed your mind about live theatre—you don’t need me to tell you how magical this play is. I hope our production is worthy of another chapter in your own Midsummer story.

"We will meet, and there we may rehearse most obscenely and courageously."

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare


Cast
 

Logan Ball  Theseus
Anasazi Bhakti  Robin Starveling 
Rosaletta Curry  Hippolyta 
Cameron Gray  Oberon 
Zoë O'Phelan Eisenbrey Fairy 
Candice Handy*  Peter Quince 
James Hinkley  Snug, the Joiner 
J. Tyler Jones  Snout, the Tinker 
Leah Kelly+  Fairy 
Marla Kelly+  Fairy 
Arthur Langlie  Francis Flute 
Isis Phoenix  Titania 
Stefani Potter  Hermia  
Abbey Rhyne  First Fairy 
Andrés Rodriguez  Lysander 
Nolan Sanchez  Demetrius 
Madison McKenzie Scott  Helena 
Jim Snowden  Egeus 
Samuel L. Wick  Nick Bottom 
Andrew Yabroff  Puck
* Appears through special arrangement with Actor's Equity Association; + Youth Performer

Artistic Team

Director  Jackie Apodaca 
Stage Manager  Carolina Stevens 
Assistant Stage Manager  Chris Colbourn  
Production Assistant  Olivia Tymon  
Costume Designer  Valerie Johnson 
Set Designer  Suzi Tucker 
Prop Master  Wallace Ming Yan 
Composer  Matthew Bell 
Sound Designer  Stewart Blackwood 
Fight Director/Captain  J. Tyler Jones 
Choreographer  Megan LeMay 


From Jackie Apodaca, Director:

Just about everyone I know has a Midsummer story. Most of you reading this have one too. Here’s mine: I was a decent actor in a decent college BFA acting program, doing decent, safe work with a really very decent ensemble of acting students. Halfway through my training, our acclaimed and lovely voice teacher took a sabbatical and we were left in the hands of an overexcited adjunct. Instead of working with us on vocal exercises or sharpening our dialect skills, she decided we’d learn more by putting on a play. She chose the entirety of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We were set up to fail from the start. An overly genial group, we decided to swap roles throughout the show so no one got to hog “the lead” and to let everyone sort of do what they wanted to do. Our professor thought all our ideas were good ideas, which somehow meant we never made any decisions. We didn’t have enough class time for a project this big—just four hours per week for part of a term. Rehearsals were a mix of inspiring moments, as the professor helped students make personal acting breakthroughs, and dread, as the rest of us realized we weren’t going to have time to rehearse certain scenes at all...as in, ever. We were afraid. The “production”—as it were—would be seen by the decidedly judgmental and not so genial upper classmen. It shouldn’t have worked.

But it did.

It was, actually, glorious. The play held our insecurity, our spontaneity; our huge, odd, last minute choices. It held our unbridled, naïve, excitement and—as the afternoon went on-our bizarre, enthusiastic reveling. It wasn’t good; it was great. Our success was...magical. Our adjunct, the brilliant Judi Dickerson, didn’t seem surprised. We, not unlike Shakespeare’s rude mechanicals, were able to create something wonderful simply because we let the play take us where it wanted us to go.

I have worked on Midsummer many times since then; my understanding of the text has definitely grown and my work has surely matured. And still. I will never forget the feeling I had that day or undervalue the wholehearted artistic freedom it inspired me to pursue. But whether you were a fairy in kindergarten, read the play in high school, or saw a special production that changed your mind about live theatre—you don’t need me to tell you how magical this play is. I hope our production is worthy of another chapter in your own Midsummer story.

"We will meet, and there we may rehearse most obscenely and courageously."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: 360-331-2939 or managing.director@islandshakespearefest.org
July 14-September 3,
Shows Thursday through Sunday at 6:00,
(matinees at 1:00 Sundays in August).
Island Shakespeare Festival is located at 5476 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA 98260 (MAP)
Mailing address:
PO Box 1262
Langley, WA, 98260
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