MAIN STAGE PRODUCTION: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater
Wednesday evenings in July and August, 7 pm.
Saturday evening tickets: New this year! We'll have two special Saturday evening performances on July 15 and August 12!
Fenimore Art Museum's Glimmer Globe Theatre presents William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater overlooking Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY. This is the third summer season in the stunning Amphitheater, following wildly successful productions of Arthur Miller's The Crucible in 2016 and Willam Shakespeare's Macbeth in 2015. Reviews for previous shows have been positively glowing and 2017 promises to be another shining success - this is live theater at its best! Directed by Mary Fralick and starring the finest actors in the region.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or 95. It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors as they interact with mischievous woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king at odds with his beautiful fairy queen, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a boastful weaver who's transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all...
Advance tickets are available on the Fenimore’s website through Eventbrite. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater the evening of any performance between 6:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday pricing: Adults (ages 13-64): $15, Seniors (ages 65+) and Members: $12.50, Juniors (Ages 7-12): $10. Children 6 and under are free. Saturday pricing: Adults (ages 13-64): $20, Seniors (ages 65+) and Members: $17.50, Juniors (Ages 7-12): $15. Concessions, blankets, and seat cushions will be available for purchase.
Rain dates: If a Wednesday performance is canceled due to poor weather, it will be rescheduled for the following evening at 7:00 p.m. There are no rain dates for Saturday performances, but those tickets are good for any of the remaining performances. If you're unsure of the possibility of a cancelation, please call (607) 547-1492 on the evening of a performance between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. or visit FenimoreArt.org.
Sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation, NYCM Insurance, and Stewart's Shops.
Michael Henrici is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and a former member of the Academy's Acting Company. A native of Cooperstown, he has worked with several local theatre companies including Leatherstocking (My Three Angels, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Master Harold, Sister Mary…Explains It All For You, Actor’s Nightmare, Sleuth, On Golden Pond), Orpheus (Phantom, Chicago, Into the Woods, Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Christmas Carol), and Little Victory (Cobb, Harvey). Michael’s NYC credits include Winter’s Tale, Othello, Macbeth, As You Like It, Hamlet, The American Clock, Così, Bus Stop, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Blood Wedding, Beggars in the House of Plenty, Snowing at Delphi and The Crucible. Recent works with Glimmer Globe include the Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr…Abridged- REVISED, Macbeth and the annual production of A Christmas Carol. He now lives in Phoenix Mills with his wife, Danielle, and son, Dashiell, and works as a Commissioner of Elections for Otsego County.
Bill Elsey: Mr. Elsey’s first role was in 8th grade at Emmons School in Antioch, Illinois. The name of the play and the character are lost to the passage of time, but Bill recalls that he developed an upper-crust English accent for the role. His next role was in a reading of the world premier of “Lord of the Wilderness,” at the Fenimore Art Museum in February, 2017. The amount of time between roles is best left to one’s imagination. However, it did take that long and some intensive direction for Bill to lose the British affectation. In addition to Snout/Wall, Mr. Elsey is appearing this summer as Mr. Box in the farce “Box & Cox” at the Farmer’s Museum. He also is participating in the museum’s weekly vignettes about the Women’s Rights Movement.
Brian Haggard: Brian R. Haggard recently relocated to Oneonta from Flint, Michigan where he performed with several stage companies, including the nationally recognized Flint Youth Theatre. His favorite roles include Oscar in The Odd Couple, Chater in Arcadia, and Otto Frank in the Diary of Anne Frank. In addition to being a Theodore Roosevelt reenactor, Brian’s resume includes commercial and industrial work for Ford Motor Company, Petco, and the Michigan Lottery, to name a few. He holds a B.A. from Michigan State University.
Jim Hill: Jim is a retired High School Science teacher. His very first onstage performance was with the Templeton Players in the 2015 production of “The Christmas Carol”, playing the role of the Ghost of Christmas Present. The acting bug hit!! He appeared as Giles Corey in last summer’s production of “The Crucible”, and in the 2016 production of “The Christmas Carol” as the Ghost of Marley. Jim says, “I very much enjoy the camaraderie of the cast and especially enjoy playing the character of Peter Quince in this summers production of “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream.” “Acting was NEVER on my radar when I retired, and certainly not in my bucket list of things to do”. The encouragement I have received from others is much appreciated.
Sharon Rankins-Burd: In her daylight hours, Sharon Rankins-Burd is pastor of the Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake UMCs. 2017 marks her fifth summer involved in a theatre project. For the past four summers she has trod the boards in shows at Summerstage at the Rome Capitol Theatre, including Les Miserables, 9 to 5 (Missy Hart/ensemble), The Addams Family, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery/ensemble). She has also been part of the Fly Creek Philharmonic cast during the past two seasons. Sharon is deeply honored to be a part of this production, and thanks her family and her congregations for generously allowing her the time to work on this show.
Rachel Rissberger: Rachel Rissberger studied acting with the Manhattan Class Company Actor Training School. She has performed locally with the Franklin Stage Company, Orpheus Theatre, Oneonta Stage Players, Catskill Community Players, and Playwright Players Present. Some favorite roles Rachel has performed include the Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods," Kristine in "A Chorus Line," Rose in "Bye Bye Birdie," and Olive in "The Odd Couple"(female version). In addition to acting, Rachel is an occupational therapist, a founding member of Oneonta World of Learning, a Girl Scout leader, Oneonta Concert Association board member, wife of Dave, and mother to Julia and Gabriel.