A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare's

A Midsummer Night's Dream

November 10 – December 2, 2023

Previews November 8 and 9
Sensory Friendly Performance November 15

Love is magic and mayhem. Two young lovers flee to the forest, hoping to find solace from the laws of the city, but feuding fairies have other ideas, throwing love triangles, potions, a troupe of bumbling thespians, and a donkey head into the mix. With a midwinter twist, A Midsummer Night’s Dream brings whimsical warmth and adventures to this classically summer tale perfect for the whole family.

Run Time: 2.5 hours, including intermission

Angelique Archer

Puck

A.J. Baldwin*

Helena

Geoffrey Warren Barnes II* 

Theseus/Oberon

Jack Bausch 

Francis Flute

Jasimine Bouldin 

Peaseblossom

Gina Cerimele-Mechley 

Egeus

Billy Chace* 

Tom Snout

Cary Davenport* 

Robin Starveling

Hannah Gregory

Pat

Courtney Lucien* 

Peter Quince

Miranda McGee

Nick Bottom

Elizabeth Chinn Molloy 

Snug

Emelie O’Hara* 

Hermia

Patrick Earl Phillips* 

Demetrius

K.P. Powell* 

Lysander

Dawn Stern* 

Hippolyta/Titania

Introducing the Q-Kidz Fairies:

Karlee Armstead, Zakari Clark, De’Unniey Crawford, Queen Hadden, Shalin Harmon and Makenzie Roberts

  • Sara Clark

    Director

  • Samantha Reno 

    Scenic Designer

  • Rainy Edwards 

    Costume Designer

  • Aiden Bezark 

    Lighting Designer

  • Gina Cerimele-Mechley 

    Fight Choreographer

  • Robert Carlton Stimmel 

    Sound and Projection Designer

  • Grace Randall

    Assistant Sound Designer

  • Kara Eble Trusty 

    Properties Designer

  • Fight Director

    Gina Cerimele-Mechley 

  • Choreographer

    Darnell Pierre Benjamin

  • Mariah Jones and Chariah Jones

    Q-Kidz Choreographers

  • Cole Sweasy* 

    Production Stage Manager

  • Katie Mitchell* 

    Assistant Stage Manager

  • Gabi Adams

    Understudy Hermia

  • Luke Danni

    Understudy Demetrius

  • Nico Graves

    Understudy Bottom

  • Kiki Hellerman

    Understudy Flute

  • Debra Najor

    Understudy Titania/Hyppolyta

  • Jahmiya Quarles

    Understudy Helena

  • Cassandra Reeves

    Understudy Snout/Fairy

  • Emma Sanchez

    Understudy Snug

  • *Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States  

Education Partners:

This project is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

Ensemble Sponsor:

Season Sponsors:

View the program online here.

A Special Thanks to Our Community Partner: The Cincinnati Nature Center

Cincinnati Nature Center welcomes thousands of visitors to explore our 20 miles of award-winning hiking trails, which provide access to forests, prairies, streams, and ponds. We offer educational programs, volunteer opportunities, clubs, and events where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can engage with nature. For children, we offer opportunities for nature play, exploration, and discovery in our Nature PlayScape and through programming, school field trips, camps, and our Nature Preschool. We protect land and wildlife while educating people on what they can do to help in their own yards, neighborhoods, and communities.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is delighted to collaborate with the Q-Kidz Dance Team in our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. These talented young dancers take the stage as fairies, infusing the play with their boundless energy and captivating choreography.

Founded by Marquicia Jones-Woods in 1982, Q-Kidz Dance Team plays a vital role in encouraging and inspiring the creative expression for Cincinnati’s youth through dance and education. For four decades, Marquicia, known as Ms. Quicy to the girls, and her daughters, Chariah and Mariah, have been champions for the Cincinnati community, serving over 100 youths annually through Q-Kidz. Extending beyond dance, Q-Kidz provides essential life skills through programs focused on drug prevention, wellness, and enrichment. They are a beacon of hope and opportunity for Cincinnati's youth, empowering them to thrive.

This collaboration blends artistic excellence with community enrichment, highlighting the way creativity and collaboration transforms lives. The Q-Kidz dancers, with their dedication and talent, adds an enchanting dimension to this production.

We celebrate these young performers and their impact. Their involvement showcases the arts' ability to unite communities and amplify young voices. Join us in applauding the Q-Kidz Dance Team as we bring the magic of Shakespeare to life.

To learn more about Q-Kidz, visit q-kidz.org

Pictured Q-Kidz: Karlee Armstead, Zakari Clark, De’Unniey Crawford, Queen Hadden, Shalin Harmon and Makenzie Roberts