Production toured 23 shows to 18 parks. Attendance: 13,757.
Celebrating 25 years of Shakespeare-in-the-Park: 1988 to 2013
“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Act I, Scene I, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Twenty-five years ago, a ragtag band of young actors mounted A Midsummer Night’s Dream, realizing their dream of creating Montreal’s very own Shakespeare-in-the-Park touring company. In 1988, 800 audience members were witness to this first production. Today, over 10,000 people enjoy this spectacular tradition each year.
To celebrate 25 extraordinary years of bringing Shakespeare to Montreal parks, Shakespeare-in-the-Park presented a magical production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed byfrom July 4 to August 4, 2013.
Quotes from the media:
“Repercussion’s best Shakespeare in the Park ever”!
-Pat Donnelly, The Gazette
“Romantic, fantastical and funny, this show is nothing short of magical.”
- Victoria Laberge, Bloody Underrated.
“Fabulous show tonight! So much talent on stage! You made Shakespeare come alive.”
Pictures from the show:
Credit: Valérie Baron
The Creative Team
,* Set Designer
, Costume Designer
The little Indian Boy was played by the following young volunteers:
Connor Bagshaw, Grace Bagshaw, Calvin Fecteau, Gwendolyn Fecteau, Rodrigo Garfinkle, Veronica Drummond, Zoé Ducharme, Emilia Martinez-Zalce Darroch, Benjamin McAuley, Leo Moore Boudreau, Ella Geurkink, Angélina MacIsaac, Justin Morin, Abby Rud, Andrew Wylie
The plot focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of four young lovers driven into a magical forest, the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their elves, and a group of “rude mechanicals” (lower class craftsmen) attempting to stage a production of “Pyramus and Thisbe” for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.
Hermia, one of the young lovers, is in love with Lysander, but her mother, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, and avoid death or a nunnery, Hermia and Lysander elope into the woods. Demetrius follows them, and is pursued by Helena, who nurses an unrequited passion for him. A love quadrangle develops among the young lovers when Oberon, the Fairy King, recruits the mischievous Puck, to play Cupid.
Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors led by Quince rehearses a badly-written play in the woods, and soon all find their lives changed, especially Bottom’s, by the doings of Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the fairies, who are fighting for ownership over a little Indian Boy.
Magic, action, love and humour are the ingredients for this unforgettable spell.
,* Production Manager
,* Tour Manager
,* Stage Manager
,* Assistant Technical Director
, Dramaturgic Consultant
, Assistant Stage Manager
, Assistant Stage Manager
, Head of Lighting
, Head of Sound
, Site Technician
, Site Technician
|Thursday, July 4||Three Bares Park||McGill Campus||7:30pm|
|Friday, July 5||Three Bares Park||McGill Campus||7:30pm|
|Sunday, July 7||Reford Gardens||Grand-Métis||7:00pm|
|Monday, July 8||Reford Gardens||Grand-Métis||7:00pm|
|Thursday, July 11||Behind Mount Royal Chalet||Mount Royal||6:30pm|
|Friday, July 12||Philippe-Laheurte Park||Saint-Laurent||7:30pm|
|Saturday, July 13||Jarry Park||Parc Extension||7:30pm|
|Sunday, July 14||Recreation Centre||Hemmingford||7:30pm|
|Tuesday, July 16||Mount Royal Cemetery||Outremont||7:30pm|
|Wednesday, July 17||Westmount Park||Westmount||7:30pm CANCELLED|
|Thursday, July 18||Westmount Park||Westmount||7:30pm|
|Friday, July 19||Westmount Park||Westmount||7:30pm CANCELLED|
|Saturday, July 20||Douglass Beach||Knowlton||7:30pm|
|Sunday, July 21||Théâtre de Verdure||Parc Lafontaine||8:00pm|
|Tuesday, July 23||Park NDG||NDG||7:30pm|
|Wednesday, July 24||Park Ecclestone||Kirkland||7:30pm|
|Thursday, July 25||Park Pine Beach||Dorval||7:30pm|
|Friday, July 26||Cabot Square||Ville-Marie||7:30pm|
|Saturday, July 27||Westmount Park||Westmount||7:30pm|
|Sunday, July 28||Westmount Park||Westmount||7:30pm|
|Tuesday, July 30||East Community Centre||Pierrefonds||7:00pm|
|Wednesday, July 31||Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park||Côte Saint-Luc||7:30pm|
|Thursday, August 1||Park George O’Reilly||Verdun||7:30pm CANCELLED|
|Friday, August 2||Westmount Park||Westmount||7:30pm|
|Saturday, August 3||Mont Bellevue||Morin Heights||7:30pm|
|Sunday, August 4||Park Centennial||Beaconsfield||7:30pm|