Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair, and gather your whole family for an evening of free and festive open-air entertainment.
Saturday, June 29 marks West Chester University’s first-ever Summer Classics performance with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Academic Quadrangle at 700 South High Street, just behind the Philips Memorial Building.
The grounds open at 4 PM for an all-ages community fair featuring games, music, food, arts and crafts, and all the ingredients necessary for a free and magical evening.
At 5 PM, faculty and students in WCU’s Department of Theatre & Dance, as well as students in the PA Theatre Institute’s Pre-College Training Intensive, take on Shakespeare’s classic and timeless comedy of love, mistaken identity, and mischief. This production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream features original live music, innovative puppetry, and more.
“Seeing Shakespeare on our Quad will be fun for the whole family in a unique setting,” said Charlie DelMarcelle, Assistant Professor of Theatre at WCU and a founder of the PA Theatre Institute. “It’s a wonderful way to celebrate summer and to welcome the entire West Chester community to our lovely campus.”
In the event of rain, the performance will move indoors to the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre, Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, located at 817 South High Street. No food is permitted inside the venue.
The PA Theatre Institute at West Chester University offers high-quality summer theatre arts programs for students ages 8 and up. Young Company students ages 8-14 train in two-week camps devoted to acting, improvisation, movement, voice, dance, and theatrical design. The Pre-College Intensive is a two-week summer training program for motivated high school students with an interest in the study of theatre arts. Students in this program live on campus, take classes with professional artists, and rehearse for a full-length production.
All programs are in West Chester’s state-of-the-art facilities with teachers who are award-winning professional actors, designers, and musicians, as well as university-level professors. Click here for more information.