Harding University presents ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

The Harding University Department of Theatre will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center on campus at 7 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and Feb. 23-25.

“‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is one of Shakespeare’s most famous and widely read and produced comedies,” said Steve Frye, director of the show and chair of the theatre department. “The play revolves around the misadventures of four young lovers, a group of hopeless actors, and an encounter with the forces of a supernatural world.”

The cast is comprised of 20 University students, including seven students completing senior capstone work in the show. The production is the theatre department’s classics component of its 2016-17 season, which will also feature “The Seasons of Life” and “Twice Upon a Time” later this spring.

Emily Ann Braziel and Caroline Nelson are part of Harding University’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“Shakespeare is studied as literature in schools and rightly so,” Frye said. “William Shakespeare was a brilliant poet and storyteller. But the purpose of Shakespeare’s plays is only truly found when they are seen and heard — they were written to be brought to life. ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is coming to life, up close and personal. Don’t miss it.”

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or at hardingtickets.com. For more Harding events, visit harding.edu/calendar.