Experience magic of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Shakespeare on the Lake is a collaboration project between two Fredonia Technology Incubator businesses: Venture Productions and The Playground Academy.
Shows will take place July 26-29, each night beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse in the city. This is a four-night only theatrical performance to showcase professional theatre for all ages. Shakespeare on the Lake’s inaugural performance will be William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream features an all-star cast, including: Samantha Kenney, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and a choreographer of the State University of New York at Fredonia; Tom Loughlin, Equity actor and former chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at SUNY Fredonia; Phil McMullen, Silver Creek High School music director/teacher; Paul Mockovak, SUNY Fredonia professor/choreographer/ director; Tina Rousa, professional actor/director; Janie Sharon, professional actor/director/choreographer; Ted Sharon, SUNY Fredonia professor, actor/director and Broadway fight director; Michaela Tramuta, Kenny Award winner and SUNY Fredonia BFA actress; and Steve Keefe, former mayor of Fredonia and president of Rural Ministries — alongside many other talented artists.
For over a decade, Venture Productions and Playground have collaborated on countless projects with SUNY Fredonia, The National Endowment for the Arts and Chautauqua County schools. Shakespeare on the Lake will be yet another endeavor to provide high-quality entertainment in Chautauqua County.
“For years, Buffalo theatre has thrived using talent from Chautauqua County. It’s time to bring them home,” said Director Ted Sharon.
Each evening will combine local talent, food trucks and professional theatre for all ages.
“We want to create something for local residents and tourists to look forward to each summer,” said Janie Sharon, creative director of The Playground Academy.
This outdoor performance will take place under a G&E tent nestled alongside Lake Erie, and will go on rain or shine.
Seating is limited. Tickets are available by calling the SUNY Fredonia Ticket Office at 673-3501 or by going online to www.fredonia.edu/tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the Dunkirk Lighthouse gate on the evening of the performances. Prices are $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, and free for children two and under.