Shakespeare returns to Belhaven Park for an evening of family-friendly and fantastical fun

Little ones run freely between picnic blankets and lawn chairs – exploring the park, waiting expectantly for the show to begin, for a new experience that they will remember for a long time to come. Soon, a hush flows through the crowd as the stage is set and the anticipation sets in. Theseus takes to the stage.
“Now, fair Hippolyta, our nuptial hour
Draws on apace; four happy days bring in
Another moon: but, O, methinks, how slow
This old moon wanes!”

The moon begins to appear above, as we join together and enjoy this wonderful, annual event celebrating the art and culture of the Greater Belhaven neighborhoods and the people who call them home.

This Sunday, May 14th at 6PM, join us in Belhaven Park for this free event as we enjoy the talents of the New Stage Theatre as they present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The event is funded by Arts Series sponsors Carol Taff, Funderburg, Sessums & Peterson, PLLC, Keifer’s Restaurant, The Manship, and McDade’s Market.

The theatre’s Young Acting Troupe will present a carefully abridged 60-minute version of one of “The Bard’s” most prolific works.

Kerri Sanders, Education Director of the New Stage Theatre, explains the plot:

“William Shakespeare’s beloved A Midsummer Night’s Dream introduces us to a group of lovers, a patch of mechanicals, and a gaggle of fairies who all inhabit the woods for one magical and mischievous evening.  Hermia’s father Egeus has made plans for her to marry Demetrius, but she loves only Lysander. Therefore, she flees from her family to elope with Lysander. Demetrius follows her as does Helena – a friend of Hermia’s who is in love with Demetrius. Oberon and Titania – leaders of two groups of fairies – are at odds this same evening.

Oberon enlists his bumbling fairy servant, Puck, to make a bit of midsummer mischief against Titania and the lovers. A group of amateur actors also gather in the woods to rehearse a play to be performed at Duke Theseus’ wedding and cross Puck’s path. One of the players, Bottom, finds himself the butt of Puck’s joke quite literally as he is turned into a donkey. Titania is enchanted to love the donkey, the two young loverboys are enchanted to love only Helena, and Puck and his cronies enjoy quite a spectacle!

Will the fairies be able to undo their knavish mistakes?”

Join us this Sunday, May 14th at 6PM, enjoy a delicious $10 dinner of duck wings over polenta courtesy of The Manship, and carry on the tradition of “Shakespeare in the Park” with your family and loved ones within the gates of Belhaven Park in Greater Belhaven.