A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Greg Wallendahl

Three worlds collide when four lovers try to run from the overbearing rules of their high-society expectations and unknowingly enter the world of the fairies. Simultaneously, a troupe of common trades people decide to enter their group in an amateur play contest and enter the woods to rehearse their play. Likewise, they have also unwittingly entered the world of the fairies. Mistaken identities and mistaken intentions follow and worlds are turned upside down to great comic results.

Produced by JPAC Education/Outreach Program at Te Lincoln -Tallman House, 440 N Jackson St, Janesville, WI

Performances: July 22-25, 2021

Performance Times:
A MidSummer Night's Dream
July 22-23@6:30pm July 24-25 @ 4pm outdoor venue

Free admission

Call 608-758-0297 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Auditions will be in person Saturday, April 24th, at JPAC by appointment between 1-4pm. Sign up for a time slot here:
Please wear a mask. Prepare a Shakespearean Monologue (information below), and be ready to sight-read Sides with a randomly assigned partner during your time slot. Auditions will be recorded for review purposes.

A Note on COVID and Masking:
In order to create both a physically and creatively safe environment, we are asking that all cast members commit to getting the COVID-19 vaccine unless they have medical reasons that they cannot. The goal for this performance is that we are able to perform life, unmasked, outdoors, in late July. In order to justify this, it is vital that everybody who can get vaccinated, does. And, since it is going to be available to all adults in Wisconsin by April 6, please make arrangements as soon as possible to receive your vaccine. Yay, science!

First rehearsal will be May 3:
We will run read-throughs and table work for about a week, learning about language and rhythm. Expect a Saturday movement rehearsal May 8th. Then we will take a few weeks off and return to rehearsal June 1 for nightly rehearsals. During the “off-time”, it is expected that you work on memorizing your lines. Shakespeare is difficult, and I want you to be successful with the language. Memorization will be essential.

A Note on Gender-Casting for this Production:
I intend the lovers to be gender-specific: Helena, Hermia, Demetrius, Lysander, Oberon, Titania, and Bottom. All other characters can be gender-neutral casting (though I reserve Flute to be male as well, just for the humor)

Choosing a Monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the following site:
Please choose a monologue in a role in which you see yourself. Please note, however, that the director will choose the best role for you with the idea of the whole production in mind. In preparing your monologue, it is highly recommended that you are familiar with how your character fits into the world of the play.

If you do not feel comfortable with preparing a specific character from Midsummer, you may alternatively choose a Shakespearean sonnet:

Contact Jim@janesvillepac.org for more information