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Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night's Dream

The theatre department will bring William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life on the Covenant College stage, beginning October 8, 2014. The play will incorporate elements of Tim Burton’s work and Cirque du Soleil, breathing contemporary life into Shakespeare’s classic work.  

Under the direction of Deborah Kirby, associate professor of theatre, the play’s set and costume design will complement the fresh take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


“I’ve always loved this show because it has a lot of layers,” said Kirby. “It’s not just funny—it incorporates both passion and reason. It has a wonderful theme which stretches to both ends of the spectrum.”


For the first time in the history of Covenant theatre, the cast will include a faculty member. Dr. Sandy Shaw, professor of modern languages, will take on the role of Egeus in the play.


“When I first heard that Covenant would be mounting a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I was immediately delighted,” said Shaw. “It was announced that the auditions were open to faculty and staff as well as to students, so I thought, ‘Why not?’ When I was offered the role of Egeus, I was thrilled. Covenant has some fine student actors, and they are enthusiastic about getting into their roles. It is great fun interacting with them. I am convinced that the audience will find the play thoroughly captivating.”


A Midsummer Night’s Dream will open with a preview performance on October 8, at 8:00 p.m. with a special ticket price of $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. The show will run October 9 and 10, at 8:00 p.m. and October 11, at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. All performances will be held in the Sanderson Auditorium at Covenant.


To reserve tickets, call 706.419.1051 or email