Landmarks of DeKalb, Inc., brought the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to DeKalb County this week. I was at Saturday’s show in the Fort Payne Opera House. What a remarkable performance by these talented actors. We were so fortunate to have ASF visit our county, speak to kids at local schools and share their hard work for our entertainment.
“I have had a most rare vision. I had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”
– Act 4, Scene 1
Four brawling lovers caught unawares in a dispute of increasingly magical proportions; a fairy king and queen engaged in a war of wills; a crew of amateur actors determined to give it their all; and one roguish sprite with orders to intervene…What could possibly go wrong?
Deep in a wondrous forest, it’s a wild night for lunatics and lovers as we dive into Shakespeare’s unforgettable vision of ludicrous longing, lively language, and lasting love. Surrender to the enchanting world of the Bard’s most beguiling comedy in ASF’s idyllic Shakespeare Garden.
ASF’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
DIRECTOR – GRETA LAMBERT
SCENIC DESIGNER – SOPHIA NAHON
COSTUME DESIGNER – TYLER MITCHELL
LIGHTING DESIGNER – LIZ SPURLOCK
SOUND DESIGNER – JAKE NEIGHBORS
STAGE MANAGER – IZZY FRENCH
THESEUS, OBERON – JEREMY SAPADIN
HIPPOLYTA, TITANIA – SANIA HYATT
EGEUS, BOTTOM – JOHN CENCIO BURGOS
HERMIA, SNOUT, FAIRY – KIRA PLAYER
DEMETRIUS, QUINCE – GEORGE LAMAR
LYSANDER, FLUTE – MATTHEW ZIMMERMAN
HELENA, SNUG, FAIRY – VIVIENNE CLAIRE LUTHIN
PUCK, PHILOSTRATE – ANDREW GREICHE
From its founding in a high school auditorium in Anniston in 1972 to its designation as the State Theatre of Alabama in 1977 to the stunning $21.5 million performing arts complex in Montgomery (built in 1985), ASF has been a leader in the performing arts throughout the state, region, and country.
As a beloved Alabama arts institution, ASF broadens the cultural identity of the South by producing classics, Shakespeare, contemporary plays, musicals, theatre for young audiences, and exciting new works. Since its inception, ASF has provided education programs to more than one million students; annually, SchoolFest, a student-matinee program, presents high-quality theatrical experiences to nearly 35,000 students.
Alabama Shakespeare Festival – the largest Shakespeare Festival in the Southeast and the only professional, producing theatre in Alabama – thrives on the participation of avid audience members and generous donors. Over half of ASF’s operating budget comes from contributions, making gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations essential to the theatre.
Landmarks of DeKalb County, Inc was organized as a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation on August 4, 1969, for the purpose of increasing and sharing knowledge of historical information and to encourage preservation of historical structures of historical significance in the DeKalb County area.
From the organization’s first achievement — the purchase and the restoration of the historic Opera House in downtown Fort Payne — to the present, Landmarks has served as a major instrument for preserving the history of DeKalb County’s people and places.
Performances, from high school plays to local musical talent to symphony orchestras are presented from the stage of the Fort Payne Opera House and special exhibits are held in the adjoining Hunt Hall. With community support, Dekalb Landmarks hopes to host these events for years to come.