A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ninety-five Dancers from Colorado Youth Ballet and Colorado Ballet Society’s Pre Professional Division will be presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Touch of Class at the Ent Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 6, at 2:00pm and 6:00pm, bringing to life Shakespeare’s timeless classic in two performances.

“Each time we have performed Midsummer in our community, it has received a very warm response” says Colorado Ballet Society and Colorado Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “Our dancers endeavor to portray all the cleverness of Shakespeare and represent the mischievousness, joy, and ups and downs of life, drawing the viewer right into the story.”

A Midsummer Night's Dream features senior youth ballet members Emma Michaux as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, Molly Ledbetter as Helena, Gabriella Vidano as Hermia, Ford Tackett as Demetrius, and Jared Guest as Lysander. CBS Instructor Daniel Prewitt is in the role of Oberon, King of the Fairies; Dan Brown plays Puck; and Jesse Nordeen is featured as Bottom.

William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream is a timeless comedy, complete with mischief, fun and romance, danced to the lyrical composition of Felix Mendelssohn.

There are two stories being told; the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of country rustics who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. And in a parallel plot line, Oberon, king of the fairies, and Titania, his queen, are beset in competition and trickery for a young Changeling. Oberon calls upon "Puck" his "shrewd and knavish sprite", to find a magical flower, whose juice when applied to the eyelids of a sleeping person cause that person upon waking to fall in love with the first living thing they see. He instructs Puck to retrieve the flower with the hope that he may trick Titania into falling in love with a donkey.

As we meet the four young lovers, we see that Hermia and Lysander have escaped to the forest, while Helena continually is making advances towards Demetrius, who also has set his mind on winning Hermia's love. Observing this, Oberon orders Puck to spread some of the magical juice from the flower on the eyelids of Demetrius. Instead, Puck mistakes Lysander for Demetrius, not having actually seen either before, and administers the juice to the sleeping Lysander. Helena accidently awakens him, and Lysander immediately falls in love with her. Lysander immediately falls in love with Helena. Helena, thinking Lysander is playing a trick on her, runs away with Lysander following her. Oberon sees Demetrius still following Hermia and is enraged. Oberon sends Puck to get Helena after he first charms Demetrius' eyes. Upon waking up, he sees Helena. Now, both men are in love with Helena. Hermia accuses Helena of stealing Lysander away from her and tries to attack Helena. Oberon orders Puck to remove the charm from Lysander so Lysander can return to love Hermia, while Demetrius continues to love Helena.

Meanwhile, the rustics have ventured into the forest near Titania's bower. Bottom is spotted by Puck, who transforms his head into that of a donkey. Upon seeing this the other rustics run away screaming in fright. Titania, having received the juice from the magic flower, is awakened and immediately falls in love with Bottom. She lavishes him with the attention of herself and her fairies. After a time, Oberon releases Titania from the spell and orders Puck to remove the donkey's head from Bottom, and arranges everything so Helena, Hermia, Demetrius and Lysander will all believe they have been dreaming when they awaken. Eventually, all four find themselves separately falling asleep in the glade. Once they fall asleep, Puck administers the love potion to Lysander again, returning his love to Hermia again, and claiming all will be well in the morning.

This will be the third time Colorado Ballet Society dancers have performed A Midsummer Night’s Dream in our community. The first time was in 2009 with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and again in 2014.