Dreams Come True in the Bayou
The University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance partnered with Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South's professional classical theatre, to present a magical, familyfriendly, Louisiana bayou-inspired production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on the UofM's Mainstage this June.
Directed by Stephanie Shine, the southern-infused production featured the company's
largest cast in its seven seasons and will explore the expansiveness and technical
capabilities of the Department of Theatre & Dance Mainstage. The team of professional
designers consisted of faculty and alumni, and the cast featured talented student actors interning alongside performers of Actors' Equity Association assembled from around the nation.
The production's title sponsor was FedEx, making it possible to have a Free Will Kids Night every Thursday night (up to four children 17 years and younger admitted free when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian) and the new addition this season of Family Morning Matinees for all ages every Wednesday morning at 10:30 am ($10 tickets for an abbreviated version of the show). Additional funding was generously provided by Owen and Margaret Tabor, First Tennessee Foundation, Xfinity, and Independent Bank.
This production is part of a summer partnership between the Department of Theatre & Dance and Tennessee Shakespeare Company, headed by Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary, who studied theatre at the UofM. The partnership also includes a new venture for Tennessee Shakespeare Company as they collaborate with NYC's Theatrical Rights Worldwide to showcase three musical works-in-progress in Showplace Memphis.
"Two years ago," said Holly Lau, chair of UofM's Department of Theatre & Dance," Dan McCleary and Stephanie Shine met with me and offered to conduct an audition and cast students in their production of Romeo and Juliet. What a positive experience that was! Meanwhile, I mentioned our theatre lay dormant in the summer. Dan immediately began 'dreaming' up this deeper partnership. "TSC and the Department of Theatre & Dance are sharing strengths, resources, and vision; and it enhances both organizations. I am thrilled that our students share the stage with TSC professional artists, that gifted alums have come back from afar, and that our faculty designers are adding their creative magic. The halls are not silent this summer – they are alive with verse and song. It is sublime!"
University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance
The University of Memphis' Department of Theatre & Dance offers both the BFA and MFA
degrees in theatre and is successfully
training our next generation of theatre artists. The Department mounts a full season of plays and dance concerts in a variety of performance venues, large and small. With an emphasis on diversity and a breadth of experience only the performing arts can provide, the Department of Theatre & Dance provides audiences with the best in local theatre and dance. The upcoming season features a delightful mix of comedy and drama, music and dance:
"Next to Normal"
October 1-3, 8-10 and 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
"The School for Scandal"
November 5-7 and 12-14, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
"New Voices" Dance Concert
November 13-15, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.
The Rose Theatre
November 20-21, 2015 @7:30 p.m. and November 21, 2015 @ 2 p.m.
February 18-20 and 25-27, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
"Momentum" Dance Concert
April 8-9, 2016 @7:30 p.m.
April 10, 2016 @2:00 p.m.
The Rose Theatre
"A Flea in Her Ear"
April 14-16 and 21-23, 2016 @7:30 p.m.
For more information about upcoming performances, go to memphis.edu/theatre.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a professional 501(c)(3) theatre and education organization
which performs the plays of
William Shakespeare indoors and outdoors seasonally; performs classical and Southern writers seasonally; and provides year-round
educational and training programming. Now in its seventh season, Tennessee Shakespeare Company seeks to sustain a Mid-South classical theatre that both nurtures artists and encourages audiences to exaltation, curiosity, and wonderment; be a center for the community dedicated to re-discovering faith in life by increasing awareness of reality and expanding imagination through an emphasis on the performance, education, and training of William Shakespeare's works. For more information, go to www.tnshakespeare.org.