“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on last call for Theatre TCU

Theatre TCU will take audiences on a journey into fairyland when it wraps up this season’s Main Stage Series with the production of the William Shakespeare classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a comedy that features interlocking plots that portray the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest.

Sophomore musical theatre major Kelsey Milbourn, who plays Titania, queen of the fairies, said she loves Shakespearean plays and has performed in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” two other times.

“It’s beautiful language,” she said. “I feel like a princess every time I do Shakespeare.”

Andrew McGlothen, a sophomore theatre major who portrays Nick Bottom, an actor in the group of “Mechanicals” in the play, said he has never played a role in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but has always loved Shakespeare.

“I’ve read all of the Shakespeare plays and have always wanted to do them,” McGlothen said.

Milbourn said the play will appeal to students because of how close and personal it is.

“The setting is very intimate and you are so close to the magic,” she said. “You can’t do anything but sit there so close and watch the magic unfold. It’s fascinating.”

Jennifer Engler, the director of the play and an associate professor of theatre, said the theatre department has a four-year rotation so that students can see a variety of plays from different time periods.

“It was time for us to do a Shakespeare play, so we looked around for one we hadn’t done in a while and this was one of them,” she said. “We really wanted something light in our season, so we came to a Shakespeare comedy.”

Engler said the fantasy aspect of the play was also a key factor in choosing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“That’s been one of the most exciting parts of working on this production,” Engler said. “The collaboration between the designers, the actors and the crew to create the fairyland woods and bring that to life has been great.”

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

When: 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Hays Theatre

Tickets are $10 to the public and $5 for students, faculty and staff.

The box office in Ed Landreth Hall is open 12:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and will open one hour before each performance.

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Theatre TCU Box Office at 817-257-8080.