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This rainbow, designed by local artist Maureen Pesta, decorated the Royal-off-the-Square Theatre  in the '70s and '80s.



A Midsummer Nightís Dream   Performances:      April 29, 30, May 6, 7, 2011
by:   William Shakespeare   Directed By:     James McGrath, assisted by Betty Baute


  Produced By:    Sarah McGill


Jackson County Community Theatre will present William Shakespeareís ďA Midsummer Nightís Dream,Ē April 29, 30, May 6, and 7, at 7:30 PM at the Royal Off-the-Square Theatre in Brownstown.


            This is the first time JCCT has performed a Shakespearean play since it formed in 1970. The actors are enjoying the challenge.


            As the story begins, Theseus and Hippolyta plan their wedding, which is to take place in four days in Athens. Egeus brings his daughter, Hermia, and her two suitors, Lysander and Demetrius, to Theseus to settle an argument. Hermia and Lysander wish to marry. Egeus has promised her to Demetrius. Theseus rules that Hermia has three choices: marry Demetrius, enter a nunnery, or be put to death for disobeying her father. Hermia and Lysander decide to meet in the forest  the next night and elope, beyond the reach of Athenian law. Helena, who  loves Demetrius, but in vain, decides to betray her friends and tell Demetrius of their plans in order to endear herself to him.

     Meanwhile, in the forest, six artisans, the rude mechanicals, plan the entertainment they will provide for Theseusí wedding. They settle on a play about Pyramus and Thisby.

     Puck and another fairy discuss an argument between Titania and Oberon over a human child Titania has adopted. Oberon wants Titania to turn the child over to him. Oberon sends Puck to find a special flower that, when itís juice is placed on the eyelids, causes that individual to fall in love with the next living creature seen. He plans to put it on Titaniaís eyelids to cause her to give him the boy.

     Helena and Demetrius come to the woods hunting for Hermia. Despite Demetriusí insults and threats, Helena vows to follow him forever. Oberon instructs Puck to put some of the juice on Demetriusí eyes so he will fall in love with Helena when he awakens.

     Oberon puts the flower juice on the eyes of the sleeping Titania. Mistaking Lysander for Demetrius, Puck  puts the juice on Lysanderís eyes. Helena awakens Lysander, and he falls in love with her. 

     The acting troupe appear for a rehearsal, with Bottom disguised as an ass. Titania awakens to see him, and she falls in love with the ass.

     The troublemaker Puck  puts the juice on Demetriusí eyelids, and he also awakens in love with Helena. Hermia has now lost her two suitors to Helena. When the two young men fall asleep, Puck applies an antidote to Lysanderís eyes, so eventually  the lovers are rightly paired.

     All return to Athens to attend the wedding. The actors put on their play, which is very bad, but the wedding party enjoys it anyway. Afterward, the fairies are left alone, and Puck asks the audience to forgive any offense caused by the play. Was it all just a dream?    




Played By:

Theseus, Duke of Athens

John Hiester

Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons Sherrie Wittenbring
Lysander Zach Thompson
Egeus Franklin Martz
Hermia Gina Rae Morosey
Helena Kathleen Baute


Jeremy Kinnett
Philostrate Catherine Stahl
Attendants to Theseus
       and Hippolyta
Hannah McGill, Stevi Begley, and Stephanie Lewis
Titania , Queen of the Fairies Sherrie Wittenbring
Oberon, King of the Fairies John Hiester
Puck Matt Nieman
Fairies Heather Hardecopf, Jade Hardecopf, Alexis Koch, Emily Koch, Hanna McGill, Mollie Swygart, Kimberly Morosey, Abby Stuckwisch,
and Claire Smith.
Bottom, the weaver Jeremy Hendrix
Quince, the carpenter Matthew Frick
Snug, the joiner Bill Day
Flute, the bellows mender Jamie Toppe
Starveling, the tailor Erica Adams
Snout, the tinker Donald Schleter

Lighting Designer

Joel McGill
Lighting Technician Vickey Oliphant


Dot Goodwin, Samantha Begley and Eleanor Morgan.

Set Building

Joel McGill, Roger Dailey, and Joe Bradley

Scene  Painting

Joe Reynolds and Franklin Martz
Stage Manager Betty Baute
Stage Crew Elyse McGill, Lori Hruska, and Brandon Fouch