The course of true love

Cast of the 2012 Utah Shakespeare Festival tour of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Or so Lysander tells Hermia in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — the play chosen by the Utah Shakespeare Festival for its 2012 tour, which hits several Arizona venues in coming days.

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2012 touring production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

The 2012 touring production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is just 45 minutes long, and followed by a 15 minute post-show discussion with the actors. Schools can opt to add workshops in stage combat, performing Shakespeare’s text and character development through improvisation for an additional charge.

Four schools are part of the Arizona leg of this year’s tour — El Capitan School in Colorado City (Feb.21), Valley Vista High School in Surprise (Feb. 27), Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood (Feb. 29) and Winslow High School (March 1).

The touring company also performs twice this week for Valley students — at Higley Center for the Performing Arts (Feb. 23) and Chandler Center for the Arts (Feb.  24).

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2012 touring production of "A Midummer Night's Dream"

The Utah Shakespeare Festival touring production also makes its way to Nevada, Utah and Idaho this year. It’s a different production than the one performed during their 50th anniversary season in Cedar City, Utah — but features complete costumes, sets and theatrical lighting.

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2012 touring production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Also the most important element of any Shakespeare work — the words. Somehow they managed, during last year’s tour, to perform a truly compelling 45-minute version of “Macbeth.” So never fear that they’ll pull off a marvelous mini-“Midsummer.”

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2012 season, which features eight works including “Hamlet,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Les Miserables.” Click here to read their comprehensive study guide for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Coming up: Broadway rocks!

Photos courtesy of the Utah Shakespeare Festival

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