Sunday, September 13, 2009

Midsummer Night's Dream

Jessica and Bethany made a request for us to post our Renaissance Faire and our Midsummer Night's Dream pictures. I'll have a nice long post soon about the Ren Faire (previewed by the family pic above showing us in our Reniassance costumes) But here's at least half the request filled, with pictures from Shakespeare in the Park.

Our kids really love drama, and this summer the older two appeared as fairies in the Joliet Drama Guild's "Shakespeare in the Park" production of Midsummer Night's Dream. Every fairy made his/her own costume, so the results were creative and eclectic. It was really a lot of fun, sitting on the grassy hillside in Joliet's outdoor theater, on a summer twilight, watching Shakespeare's fairies flit around us. (All the fairies danced out into the audience at regular intervals.)

I was really impressed with how focused all the kids stayed (including Nate, who was in the audience for two performances) through three hours of Shakespeare. And don't they look great!

Here's some of the fairies on stage in the middle of a scene.

Annie whispers some stage instructions to her brother.

A close-up of our fairies.

A group shot after the play.
They had someone doing facepainting during the intermission. Nate got a beard and mustache painted on him. He looks kind of like Will Shakespeare, doesn't he?


Catherine Berg said...

What great pictures! I love Annie and Brennan's costumes (and the picture of Nate with his beard)! Shakespeare in the Park sounds like so much fun! Midsummer Night's Dream is my favorite Shakespeare play too. I was in it Senior year of high school, and had such fun in it. What a wonderful experience for the kids. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Cathy!

Anonymous said...

what fun! i just spent some time catching up on your blog and laughed so much! i thoroughly enjoy it!!! I know i would LOVE hanging out with your family!!!
i started a new blog when my baby was born (you don't have to read it, just in case you're one of the people who wondered what happened to us!)

Mary Kate (A mild answer calms wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger. -Proverbs 15:1)) said...
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teresa anthony said...

Fun shots. Shakespeare in the Park sounds great. Our family theater does that as well, but I've never been willing to give up the idea of a carefree, no commitment summer - but one of these years I might bend - seeing what a grand time Annie and Brennan had. It think that was brilliant that they let the kids make up their own costumes - whichever family member did your fairy face painting did a fantastic job!

I had fun scrolling back and re-reading some of your more recent blog entries. It's hard to believe that summer came and went so quickly, and now we are on the verge of Advent, and perhaps some snow.

With our built in sledding hills, we really WANT the snow to fall this year in great amounts!