Moody Bible Institute presents "A Midsummer Nights Dream"
This year, the students at Moody Bible are tackling one of Shakespeare's greatest and most beloved comedies. MBI performs one full length show per year, and the Bard hasn't been on the main stage in years. This production will be entirely student- led, with direction from one adjunct faculty member. Students will make up the cast, crew, production team, tech members, props, costumes, sets etc. Over 35 students will be involved.
Our program is entirely self-funded. We rely on ticket sales and generous donations to make our productions happen.
When & Where:
Moody Bible Institute, 820 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL
- Friday, March 1st 7:00pm
- Saturday, March 2nd 2:00 & 7:00pm
- Sunday, March 3rd 3:00pm
We are attempting to set this show in the Victorian era, adding to the fun and romance of the story. This is an exciting challenge, but requires specific costumes that we do not currently own. We also will be needing several vintage props, which can me more challenging to make or locate. We are also hoping to work with a student composer to include original music in the production.
This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. The play revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The story takes place in Midsummer and is a complex farce featuring Hermia & Lysander and Helena & Demetrius. Their romantic intrigues are confused and complicated still further by entering the forest where Oberon, the King of the Fairies and his Queen, Titania, preside. Puck (or Robin Goodfellow) is a major character who is full of mischief and tricks. Other visitors to the enchanted forest include Bottom the weaver and his friends Snug, Snout, Starveling, Quince and Flute the amateur dramatists who want to rehearse their terrible but hilarious version of the play Pyramus and Thisbe.
- Scripts with paraphrase language for the understanding of the actors.($100)
- Victorian style costumes for certain characters ($250)
- Fantasy costumes for the "forest" characters ($100)
- Set pieces to help create the "forest" which will incorporate garden veranda style pieces with fabric and flowers + 2 stone benches ($150)
- Program ($25), logo design ($25)
- Marketing with postcards, posters and mailings ($100)
- Properties specific to the performance- suitcases, fake foliage, banners vintage accessories ($50)
- Adjustments to make our space function for theatrical use (we have no curtain or backstage) ($50)
- Donkey Head Prop ($50)
- Grand Total= $900
In selecting spring plays, we strive to expose our students to a variety of classic and contemporary works. The study of Shakespeare will stretch them in the bookwork/academic aspect as well as the performance aspect. Also, we are able to include a large cast. The student population has largely NEVER SEEN OR READ A SHAKESPEARIAN play, so bringing it "to their front door" will enable a whole new generation to be introduced to the brilliance of his work. Earlier this year, many students participated in a Tudor style Christmas drama, which sparked interest and excitement for this time period and style of performance. The time is right. The time is now!
MBI Past Productions:
- Leaving Iowa
- Twelve Angry Men
- Lost in Yonkers
- Arsenic and Old Lace
- Love's Labors Lost
- The Matchmaker
- All My Sons
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- Original work "Closet's and Hangnails"
- Spoon River One Act Adaptation
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*** Please note that the funds raised on Kickstarter are not solicited nor fund Moody Bible Institute directly, they are raised for the students of the spring play production.
A Midsummer Nights Dream Cast
Theseus/Oberon: Kenny King
Hippolyta/Titania: Summer Kasak
Egeus: Damon Wenig
Demetrius: Andrew Kriske
Helena: Pippin Mueller
Lysander: Josh Cirre
Hermia: Sally Callahan
Puck: Clara King
Bottom: Stuart Ford
Peter Quince: Ethan Borman
Flute: Juan Alban
Snug: Stevie Petrich
Snout: Ben Pykare
Starveling: Matthew Dunn
Peaseblossom: Shelby Copple
Cobweb: Jenna Barbieri
Mote: Amy Burns
Mustardseed: Macie Sweet
Risks and challenges
Our unique challenges include adapting to our theatrical space. We have no curtain, no backstage and a split levels stage. This requires creativity with sets, staging and storytelling.
Tackling Shakespeare will be a unique challenge for us. Most of these students have little or no exposure to Shakespeare, much less the experience of performing it. Every attempt will be make to provide them with educational resources to make them successful!
Being in downtown Chicago is both a blessing and a curse. While densely populated, we struggle to be "found" in such a theatrical saturated market. Our space is a challenge to access, making us have to work even harder to get the word out. That is why marketing and promotions is such an important part of our productions.
Also, the production staff is entirely student led. While this is a great learning experience, it also has it's inherit challenges working with students busy college schedules. However, this also comes with it's advantages. The students that choose to participate in the spring play are there because they CHOOSE to be. They are some of the most passionate, hard working members of the MBI community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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