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Bring the magic of Shakespeare alive for a new generation in this student-led production located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Moody Bible Institute presents  "A Midsummer Nights Dream"

The goal:

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.

The challenge:

Our program is entirely self-funded. We rely on ticket sales and generous donations to make our productions happen. 

Candlelight Carols Actors (partnership with music dept) 2012
Candlelight Carols Actors (partnership with music dept) 2012

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

Production Vision

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. 

Spoon River One Act Fall 2012
Spoon River One Act Fall 2012

Plot Synopsis

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.

Funding Breakdown

  • 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
Ad Vivum Godspell Cast 2011-2012
Ad Vivum Godspell Cast 2011-2012

Why Shakespeare?

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!

Leaving Iowa Cast 2012
Leaving Iowa Cast 2012

MBI Past Productions:

  • Leaving Iowa
  • Easter
  • Pygmalion
  • Twelve Angry Men
  • Lost in Yonkers
  • Arsenic and Old Lace
  • Love's Labors Lost
  • The Matchmaker
  • All My Sons
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Godspell
  • Proof
  • Original work "Closet's and Hangnails"
  • Spoon River One Act Adaptation
  • Help our vision come to life!

Videos of Past Theatrical Projects: 

*** 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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

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    Mortals may be fools- but thou art as wise as thou art beautiful! Thou shalt receive our undying gratitude, whilst being forever remembered and etched in the program.

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    Whilst our performs may not be the masters that Bard is, they shall attempt to writ thee an original Shakespearian-style sonnet in thy praise, framed for display. (Thou shall have all rewards above as well).

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