Flock Theatre made a triumphant return to its longstanding Shakespeare in the Arboretum summer program with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in July. The program has run every July and August since 1994, except for the 2020-2022 seasons, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The play is a fantastical comedy about a love rectangle, a bickering court of fairies, a donkey-headed fool and more set in the forest of ancient Athens. Ian Hopkins ’25, a film studies major from Chicago, Illinois, played Lysander; and Jo Duckett ’25, a theater and classics major from Houston, Texas, was Puck’s puppeteer.
“Working with Flock was a great experience,” Duckett said. “I walked in with no puppetry knowledge, and they were super patient and willing to share their knowledge with me. Brian, who voiced Puck, and Amanda, who was the puppet’s arm and body, were super fun to work with and we all came to love the little guy we helped create!”
The production, directed by Flock’s Executive Artistic Director Derron Wood ’88, ran July 12-13 and 20-23. Henry IV, Part 2 ran July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6 as Flock continued the story of Prince Hal, Falstaff and the ailing King Henry IV.