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CANCELLED: “All the World’s A Stage”: Barnstormers Theatre Performs A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Reinhart Volunteer Park

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Photo Credit: Jonas Stewart
Photo Caption: The Fairies, featuring, L to R: Emma Parrish, Emily Burford, Samantha Vickoren, Lindsey Vickoren

William Shakespeare’s iconic phrase from his comedy As You Like It sums up the picturesque setting for Barnstormers Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, opening August 20 in the great outdoors at Reinhart Volunteer Park in Grants Pass.

Not only is the outdoor venue the perfect setting for the play—which is set in a forest outside Athens, Greece—but as Barnstormers enters their 70th season, they give a nod to their roots before they had a brick-and-mortar building when they held all their performances outside.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies, which also contains a healthy dose of drama. Rounded up a love triangle—well, more of a square, or perhaps a pentagon if donkeys count—the story whimsically dances around the passions, feelings, and follies of Demetrius, Helena, Hermia, and Lysander. A group of fairies, a mischievous Puck, and a group of Athenian craftsmen hoping to perform a play round out the interesting cast while leaving plenty of room for love potion mishaps, plotting, and misunderstandings.

Connor Bennett, who plays Demetrius, is excited for his first Shakespeare play, and his first outdoor performance, having been in about 50 plays since starting with community theatre at age 13. “It is interesting that the themes in Shakespeare are still so applicable,” he says. “It is relatable even now, 400 years later.”

Bennett says that playing the less-than-gallant Demetrius is a great fit for him onstage, as he also played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast in recent years.

“It is so unlike me in day-to-day, but I enjoy playing the villain,” Bennett confides.

He praises the talents of the Director of the show, Steven Sable, and Barnstormers’ Executive Director Annie Sable, who also is playing Helena.

“They are new additions to Barnstormers, bringing professionalism and expertise,” Bennett says. “Their experience has been a breath of fresh air for me.”

Bennett is currently pursuing his Business Administration degree at Southern Oregon University, with the goal of running his own business and being successful enough to run a non-profit theatre with workshops for kids.

“I really encourage kids to get into it [theater],” he says. “It builds confidence; it was a godsend to me at age 13.”

Due to the recent smoky conditions, the play schedule has been adjusted to accommodate.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7:30 pm, seating begins at 6:30 pm.

Fridays and Saturdays, August 20 – September 4

Reinhart Volunteer Park, Harry and David Shelter, 1690 SW Webster Road, Grants Pass

$60 for a group of four, reserved table and chair seating available for $15

Box office: (541) 479-3557 or BarnstormsGP.com





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