Orlando Philharmonic & Orlando Shakes
Team Up for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
This month, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Orlando Shakespeare Theater will join forces for the very first time for a one-performance-only production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring a dramatic presentation of Shakespeare’s play accompanied by all of Mendelssohn’s incidental music. The sole performance will be Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W Livingston Street, Orlando. Tickets are available through the Orlando Philharmonic Box Office at 407-770-0071 or OrlandoPhil.org. The performance is sponsored by the Bryce L. West Foundation.
The joint production will be conducted by Wilkins, and directed by Orlando Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Jim Helsinger. The staging will feature a full orchestra, with costumed actors and sets positioned downstage. The 22-member cast and a children’s choir from Florida Opera Theatre, directed by Robin Jensen.
“This artistic partnership brings smiles to many in this community,” said Orlando Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Wilkins. “It has been the longtime goal of the boards of directors of both organizations to collaborate in a significant artistic project, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is uniquely suited to this purpose. No work in the literature better illustrates the ability of art to bring inspiration and enchantment into our lives.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage. The comic play follows the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who become caught up in a web of magical events with the fairies who live in the enchanted forest where the play is set.
For more about this production, visit http://orlandophil.org/a-midsummer-nights-dream/
The Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of accomplished musicians recruited from around the world. With more than 125 performances each year, the orchestra provides captivating musical experiences to people of all ages, provides enriching education programs to people of all ages, and helps build a rich, sustainable future for symphonic music in Central Florida. Learn more at www.orlandophil.org
Now celebrating its 24th season, Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has grown into one of the region’s most acclaimed Equity theaters producing classic, contemporary, and children’s plays in Central Florida. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert, Orlando Shakespeare Theater continues to achieve the highest standards, while preserving its artistic and cultural legacy. Through Harriett’s New Play Series, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new plays. Orlando Shakes also provides innovative educational experiences through its youth education programming, serving over 25,000 young people, families, and schools annually.