Midsommer Flight is thrilled to announce the cast of AS YOU LIKE IT. These fifteen talented actors will spend the summer touring to four Chicago parks, bringing free Shakespeare into Chicago communities.
The cast features Midsommer Flight ensemble members Adam Habben (Touchstone) and Elizabeth Rentfro (Jaques), along with returning guest artists Margaret Kellas (Audrey), Ian Michael Minh (Oliver, Lord, Musician), and Erick Rivera (Amiens). Newcomers to Midsommer Flight include Emily Demko (Rosalind), Charlee Cotton (Celia), Eric Duhon (Orlando), and more. The full cast list is below.
With rehearsals starting next week, Midsommer Flight is excited to jump into another summer in the parks. We hope to see you at the show!
in alphabetical order:
Charlee Cotton (Celia)
Emily Demko (Rosalind)
Eric Duhon (Orlando)
Richard Eisloeffel (Silvius, Second Lord)
Adam Gianforte (Le Beau, Lord/Musician, Jaques de Boys)
Sonia Goldberg (Corin, First Lord)
Adam Habben (Touchstone)
Margaret Kellas (Audrey, Lady at Court)
Maggie Miller (Adam, Oliver Mar-text)
Ian Michael Minh (Oliver, Lord/Musician)
Alexis Randolph (Phebe, Lady at Court)
Elizabeth Rentfro (Jaques)
Erick Rivera (Amiens)
Shane Roberie (Charles, Lord/Musician)
James Sparling (Duke Frederick, Duke Senior)
What an incredible year we’ve had at Midsommer Flight! Upon seeing Twelfth Night, the NewCity Stage critic made a thrilling observation: “With this production, Midsommer Flight marks its arrival as an artistic force.” I am so proud of everything the company has accomplished this year, and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who was a part of our major growth and exciting programming in 2015 — from artists to audiences, park personnel to consultants, social media followers to donors, and anyone else in between.
As many of you already know, this was a year of “firsts” for Midsommer Flight. Our summer tour of Macbeth expanded to Lincoln Park for the first time, bringing our performance venue total up to four parks and reaching a record audience of over 1,200 people. The Fourth Walsh called it “a fresh, vivid look at a Shakespeare classic,” and audiences cheered at the thrilling sword fights and intense drama.
We also brought Shakespeare in the Conservatory to Chicago for the first time ever this holiday season. Our “bright and joyful” Twelfth Night delighted audiences in the gorgeous Show House Room of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and was highly recommended by every critic who attended, including Chicago Reader, NewCity Stage, and The Fourth Walsh. Another first for the company was recording a Cast Album of the show’s original music, which many audience members were excited to buy after seeing the show (and which is still available online!).
We aim to continue raising the bar in 2016, and your financial support at any level can make a big difference — individual contributions comprise almost 75% of our income. With just a few days left before year-end, I’d like to invite you to make a tax-deductible donation by Thursday, December 31. Make your secure donation here.
Thank you for being a part of Midsommer Flight’s family in 2015, and I hope you’ll consider a gift to help Chicago’s newest “artistic force” grow in 2016 and beyond. Thanks and best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!
Producing Artistic Director
Last night was an exciting night for the Midsommer Flight team. We did a recording session to create an Original Cast Album for our upcoming Twelfth Night, with help from our amazing album producer Joe Griffin. We are so proud of the music that we are creating for this show, and we can’t wait to share it with the world in just a few short weeks.
The album will be sold at performances and more details will appear on this website once it is completed. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the recording session last night. It seems we made more than few people’s dreams of rock-stardom come true!
Ian Micheal Minh, Will Burdin
Maureen Yasko, Elizabeth Rentfro, Alex Mauney, Will Burdin
Maureen Yasko on flute
Will Burdin on guitar
Meredith Ernst, Erick Rivera, Ian Michael Minh
Jake Jones, Adam Habben, Jared Dennis, Meredith Ernst
Alex Mauney on banjo
Ian Michael Minh on guitar
Erick, Ian, and Will
Our fearless album producer, Joe Griffin, adjusts a microphone for Ian
Trey Wright on cajon (box drum). It’s Trey Time!
Jake and Adam between takes
Ian Michael Minh
Erick Rivera on mandolin
Maureen Yasko, flautist extraordinaire
The ensemble laying down some harmonies
Trey Wright on lead harmonies
Erick and Ian
Elizabeth Rentfro and Trey Wright singing gorgeous harmonies
Elizabeth Rentfro and Trey Wright singing those gorgeous harmonies
First look photos are in! Thanks to photographer Zack Whittington and to costume designer Beth Shorrock for these fantastic images of Twelfth Night.
And yes, these photos are actually taken inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory. We can’t wait to get back in there in December!
One more thing: if you like what you see in these photos, today we are launching a new campaign for you to support the show. It’s the perfect, unique gift idea for your friends, your loved ones, even your enemies. Learn more about Shakespeare-Grams and order yours today.
Meredith Ernst as Viola
Nick Loumos as Orsino & Meredith Ernst as Viola
Meredith Ernst as Viola & Kanome’ Jones as Olivia
Meredith Ernst, Nick Loumos, Kanome’ Jones
Nick Loumos as Orsino & Meredith Ernst as Viola
Midsommer Flight is thrilled to announce the cast and production staff of Twelfth Night. We have a fantastically talented group of artists assembled to create the show.
Twelfth Night‘s cast will feature five Midsommer Flight ensemble members, three returning guest artists, and six new guest artists. In addition, six members of the cast will both act and play original music onstage throughout the show.
Admission to Twelfth Night is FREE, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating. Reservations are now available — book your tickets today!
Cast (in alphabetical order)
||Antonio, Duke’s Attendant, Sailor
|Ian Michael Minh
||Sea Captian, Curio, Officer 2
||Maria / Music Director
||Sailor, Duke’s Attendant, Officer 1
||Toby Belch / Violence Designer
||Valentine, Sailor, Priest
||Fabian, Duke’s Attendant, Sailor
Midsommer Flight is thrilled to welcome new ensemble member Elizabeth Rentfro!
Elizabeth appeared as Balthasar in Much Ado About Nothing in 2014, for which she also composed the show’s signature song, Sigh No More, Ladies. Most recently, Elizabeth appeared in 2015’s Macbeth as Lady Macduff and the Gentlewoman. Midsommer Flight is so excited to add Elizabeth’s acting and musical talents, along with her deep knowledge of and passion for Shakespeare, to the company.
Around town, Elizabeth can currently be seen in (re)Discover Theatre’s immersive adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. She will also be seen in Midsommer Flight’s upcoming Twelfth Night; in addition to performing in the cast, she will also compose original music and serve as the music director for the show.
Welcome to the team, Elizabeth9
Another summer under our belts! Macbeth marked our fourth summer in the parks. Here’s how it went, by the numbers…
1,224 total audience members saw the play
102 average audience members at each performance
33 characters with distinct costumes
15 scheduled performances
12 performances started
11 performances completed
8 swords used onstage
6 production staff members
5 knives/daggers used onstage
4 Chicago parks
3 battle axes used onstage
2 shields used onstage
2 performances canceled due to weather
1 performance stopped halfway through due to severe flash storm
1 understudy performed one show due to an actor’s family emergency
1 performance canceled due to an actor’s wife going into labor 6.5 weeks early
Many challenges. Even more victories. One amazing summer.