Adaptor 1 Kelly, Michael
Date of First Production
2001, May 12-27
Title A Midsummer Night's Dream
Director
Michael Kelly
Place of First Production
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Production Company
Shakespeare in Action
Technical Design/Direction
Set Design: Andjelija Djuric
Costume Design: Joanne Dente
Lighting Design: Christina Cicko
Mask Design: Rachel Ford
Puppet Design: Joan Parkinson
Dance and Movement Coach: Emerita Emerencia
Music and Sound Design: Tihm Clement
Cast/Performers
Oberon/Theseus: Xuan Fraser
Bottom/Egeus: Andrew MacMaster
Lysander/Flute: Anthony McLean
Helena/Titania/Snout: Jacklyn Francis
Demetrius/Quince: Matt Deslippe
Puck/Hippolyta: Ngozi Paul
Hermia/Snug: Sarah MacDonald
Performance History
2002, November 2-16
Joseph Workman Theatre, Toronto

Director: Michael Kelly
Set Design: Andjelija Djuric
Costume Design: Joanne Dente
Lighting Design: Christina Cicko
Mask Design: Rachel Ford
Puppet Design: Joan Parkinson
Dance and Movement Coach: Emerita Emerencia
Music and Sound Design: Tihm Clement

Oberon/Theseus: Xuan Fraser
Bottom/Egeus: Andrew MacMaster
Lysander/Flute: Anthony McLean
Helena/Titania/Snout: Jacklyn Francis
Demetrius/Quince: Matt Deslippe
Puck/Hippolyta: Ngozi Paul
Hermia/Snug: Sarah MacDonald

Publishing and Multimedia
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Poster. Shakespeare in Action. 2001.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Press Release. Shakespeare in Action. 2001.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Press Release. Shakespeare in Action. 2002.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Press Release. Shakespeare in Action. 2003.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Production Photos. Shakespeare in Action. 2001.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Script. Shakespeare in Action. 2003.
 
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Poster. Shakespeare in Action. 2001.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Press Release. Shakespeare in Action. 2001.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Press Release. Shakespeare in Action. 2002.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Press Release. Shakespeare in Action. 2003.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Production Photos. Shakespeare in Action. 2001.
*A Midsummer Night's Dream. Directed by Michael Kelly. Script. Shakespeare in Action. 2003.
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Secondary Materials
*"A Midsummer Night's Dream." 7 May 2001. Toronto.com. 7 May 2004.
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*Crew, Robert. "Theatrical under the sun: Tarragon Spring Arts Fair blooms this weekend." Toronto Star 10 May 2001: G9.
*Murdoch, Rebekkah. "An Urban Renewal of a Timeless Tale For Thirsty Young Thespians." 30 May 2001. Toronto Stage.com. 7 May 2004.
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*Ouzounian, Richard. "Early-morning Dream pleases." Toronto Star 16 May 2001: H1.
  http://www.toronto.com/E/E/TORON/0024/83/36/cs1.html
http://www.torontostage.com/reviews/midsummer.html
Adaptor 1 Biography
"Michael Kelly has been an actor, director, producer and arts educator for the past twenty years. He is a graduate of the Studio 58 acting program in Vancouver. Michael also holds an M.F.A. in Directing from York University, Toronto. He is the founder and current Artistic Director of Shakespeare In Action theatre company in Toronto.
"During the 80s he trained in classical acting, directing and voice production with Tina Packer and Kristin Linklater from Shakespeare and Co. in Lenox Mass. as well as mentoring with Cicely Berry, renowned voice director, from the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is the founding director of the Teaching Shakespeare Summer Institute at York University.
His work as an arts educator has received international recognization; conducting teacher training courses in Canada, England, Germany, and New Zealand. He currently serves as an artist in the schools with The Royal Conservatory of Music, Centre for Learning Through the Arts. His directing credits include many contemporary and Shakespearean plays and projects as well as conducting master class workshops for Shakespeare's Globe theatre, London, Stratford Festival, Canada, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and the Shakespeare Globe Centres in Australia and New Zealand.
"He has taught period styles acting for the ETI Performing Arts School, NZ, theatre studies at York University, as well as drama and acting Shakespeare courses at George Brown College, Randolph Academy for the Arts, York University, Equity Showcase Theatre, the National Youth Drama School, NZ and conducts yearly classes for The Actors Workshop" (5 May 2004 qtd from http://www.modworld.com/sia/about-michael.html).
  http://www.modworld.com/sia/about-michael.html
Adaptor 1 Bibliography
*"About Michael Kelly." Shakespeare in Action. 5 May 2004.
http://www.modworld.com/sia/about-michael.html.
*"'Alternative Shakespeare' with Michael Kelly." Equity Showcase Theatre. 5 May 2004.
http://mercury.web.ca/archives/caea-1/2001-October/000050.html.
*"Shakespeare For Kids." 1999. Avenue Road Arts School. 5 May 2004.
http://www.avenueroadartsschool.com/splash99/splash_winter99_2.htm.
*"Wherefore Art Thou My Valentine." 8 Feb. 1996. eye Weekly. 5 May 2004.
http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_02.08.96/NEWS/ass0208.htm.
  http://www.modworld.com/sia/about-michael.html
http://mercury.web.ca/archives/caea-1/2001-October/000050.html
http://www.avenueroadartsschool.com/splash99/splash_winter99_2.htm
http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_02.08.96/NEWS/ass0208.htm
Synopsis
"SIA's [Shakespeare in Action's] production of A Midsummer Night's Dream features gender and colour-blind casting of 7 actors who play 21 roles. By incorporating masks and puppets, Kelly hopes to spark the imaginations of young audiences, using visual elements to attract their ears to the story and language of Shakespeare" (qtd. from Press Release. 2001).
Keywords
Children's Theatre
Non-Traditional Casting
Professional
Youth Theatre
Adaptation of
A Midsummer Night's Dream
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