Playhouse on the Square and Opera Memphis present A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By Kristen Waddell

Playhouse on the Square and Opera Memphis are staging the world premiere of Michael Ching’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Opera A Cappella to be performed at Playhouse on the Square Thursday through Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm from January 21 – February 13.
Composer Michael Ching has put an innovative twist on a beloved classic in his new operatic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production will be the first attempt by any North American opera company at a full-length, main stage opera performed entirely a cappella. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed and choreographed by Gary John LaRosa, performed in English, and promises to be exciting to both the opera lover and the avid theatre-goer.

Memphis’ favorite a cappella group, DeltaCappella, will be featured as the “vocal orchestra.” Soprano Jennifer Goode Cooper, described by the New York Times as a “powerful, expressive soprano” with “good dramatic instincts,” makes her Playhouse on the Square and Opera Memphis debut as Titania. Baritone John Dooley, who was in the premiere cast for Ashmodeus (Dove) with Opera Vivente and Frontino (Rossini) with Bronx Opera, also makes his Memphis debut as Lysander. Opera Memphis Artist-in-Residence Jeremiah Johnson returns to the stage as Theseus/Oberon. Playhouse on the Square Resident Company Member Laura Stracko, recipient of the 2010 Ostrander Rising Star Award, makes her Opera Memphis debut as Hermia.

To purchase tickets call the Playhouse on the Square box office at 901-726-4656 or visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

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