Mendocino College’s Department of Theater Arts will present William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” February 3 through February 13 at the Mendocino College Center Theatre, 1000 Hensley Creek Road.
Two years ago, just four days before opening night, the Covid-19 pandemic shut down Mendocino College’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. This was going to be a very special production, and the cast and crew were heartbroken. However, in September 2021, director Reid Edelman reunited the cast again, welcoming back all the original actors who wanted to reprise their roles and replacing some who had moved on. The costumes have been changed and the set has been reassembled. Now the local cast of 24 enthusiastic performers are once again gearing up to open this magical play.
Mendocino College’s Department of Theater Arts will perform its highly anticipated “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” February 3-13 at Mendocino College’s Center Theater on the Ukiah campus. According to Edelman, “It is one of Shakespeare’s most magical, charming and accessible comedies. Our production, with an original musical score, takes place in an imaginary world of dreams, magic and love.
The performances will last only two weekends. With original music, created by Mendocino College students under the direction of music teachers Phillip Lenberg, Charlie Seltzer and Jim Dowcett, otherworldly costumes and sets, dancing fairies and theatrical magic, this play Shakespeare family will appeal to audiences aged 10 and up. older. The play, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, examines the fickleness of love and friendship while celebrating the lure of theater and the shared human bonds that hold our world together.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will have a “pay what you want” preview on Thursday, February 3. The opening night will take place on Friday, February 4. Performances will run for two weekends only, until February 13.
After the opening, additional performances will take place on Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday February 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
Tickets ($20 general; $15 students and seniors) are available at the Mendocino Book Company, online at www.ArtsMendocino.org, and at the door upon availability. The performance on Thursday, February 10 is a special discounted night, with all tickets only $10. The public is invited to buy their tickets in advance.
Please note: Mandatory Covid safety protocols are in place. Valid ID, proof of full vaccination and mask required to enter the theater. No exceptions. For more information, call (707) 468-3172 or visit http://www.mendocino.edu/the-arts/theatre.
Please note regarding Mendocino College’s Covid Safety Policy: Mendocino College has adopted a vaccination mandate for indoor events. All guests must present proof of full vaccination (two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to enter the theater. Additionally, all members of the public must remain masked inside campus buildings, including the theater. Audiences are limited to 50 people per show, so buying tickets early is advised.
Each member of the public will be required to present proof of vaccination upon entry. This may include: a screenshot of a valid digital CA vaccination card or QR code, a physical CDC vaccination card, or a screenshot or photo of a CDC vaccination card on a phone. Photo ID or an accompanying checklist for children who do not have ID must accompany all health documents. Any altered or counterfeit CDC cards will be refused at the sole discretion of the college.
CDC, State of California, and Mendocino County and City mandates will apply. Face masks will be required for all members of the public. Non-vented N95 masks or other tight-fitting masks are highly recommended. The following masks are not permitted: bandanas, scarves, ski goggles, balaclavas, collars/turtlenecks, or any mask with an unfiltered one-way exhaust valve. There will be no exceptions to these requirements.