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.
As the First Murderer proclaims in Macbeth: “Let it come down!”
Midsommer Flight performs rain or shine, as long as there is an audience to watch the show and as long as conditions are safe to do so. A little rain shouldn’t deter us, but a violent thunderstorm probably would.
Unless the forecast is certain, a decision to cancel is usually made very close to show time. You can keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages for up-to-the-minute cancellation information.
For now, we are trying to stay optimistic about tonight’s opening performance. See you at Touhy Park — live music at 5:30 PM and Macbeth at 6:00 PM. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics…and umbrellas!
Thanks to photographer Zack Whittington for these preliminary photos of Macbeth. Here’s a sneak peek at Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, plus sword fights, witches and more.
Like what you see? Donate to support the show, and plan your trip to check out a performance later this summer.
Macbeth (Colin Wasmund) and Lady Macbeth (Maureen Yasko)
Macbeth (Colin Wasmund) and the Witches (Keyanna Khatiblou, Stephanie Mattos, & Elise Spoerlein)
The Witches (Keyanna Khatiblou, Stephanie Mattos, Elise Spoerlein)
Macduff (Chris Smith) and Macbeth (Colin Wasmund)
Macduff (Chris Smith) and Macbeth (Colin Wasmund)
Macduff (Chris Smith) and Macolm (Julian Stroop)
On Saturday, we held our first outdoor rehearsal for Macbeth in Touhy Park. It was day full of glorious weather, sword fights, staging, and kids playing soccer alongside us. We can’t wait to get out there some more!
Fight rehearsal…with battle axes
“Come you spirits…” – Maureen Yasko as Lady Macbeth
“When you durst do it, then you were a man” – Colin Wasmund and Maureen Yasko
Duncan enters with his train
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly” – Colin Wasmund
“I have no spur to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition” – Colin Wasmund
“Is the King stirring?” – Colin Wasmund and Chris Smith
“You’re royal father’s murdered” – Jerome Beck and Julian Stroop
“I’ll to England” ” To Ireland I” – Jerome Beck and Julian Stroop
“Let’s briefly put on manly readiness” – Jeremy Thompson, Colin Wasmund, Chris Smith
“Is’t known who did this more than bloody deed?” – Francisco Lopez, Jr and Chris Smith
Unfortunately, we are cancelling today’s (Saturday 8/23) performance due to inclement weather. We are just as sad as you about this news, but it’s the right thing to do in order to keep everyone safe.
You have just one more chance to see Much Ado About Nothing tomorrow at 2pm at Touhy Park. We hope to see you there!
The great reviews just keep rolling in for Much Ado About Nothing! James Murray from Showbiz Chicago writes,
Midsommer Flight has been performing his plays in different parks throughout Chicago since 2012 and if their current production of Much Ado About Nothing is any indicator, this is a company with a strong vision, great artistic direction and some strong actors who are at ease with the language, possess excellent diction and understanding of the text and excel at the art of story-telling…. Director Beth Wolf has done a fine job with staging the piece and getting some really great comic performances out of the actors…. Benedick and Beatrice [are] played with matched skill and strong chemistry by Martel Manning and Ashlee Edgemon…. Beth Wolf and Midsommer Flight’s Much Ado about Nothing is highly entertaining and people should flock to see the magic that is created by this talented group through poetic language, superb story-telling and strong direction and acting. Read the whole review.
Yet another reviewer loves Much Ado About Nothing. Hugh Iglarsh of Newcity Stage writes,
Some of the nicer things in life really are free, such as Shakespeare served al fresco on a summer evening by the talented and community-minded Midsommer Flight theater collective. Now in its third year, the troupe is presenting a rollicking, high-energy “Much Ado About Nothing” …
The trick to staging the most difficult-to-follow playwright in the most distracting of settings is to visually underscore the action. Director Beth Wolf gives us a good example of this…
Ashlee Edgemon [as Beatrice] and Martel Manning [as Benedick] offer us convincingly zesty, bawdy versions of the two lovers… Midsommer Flight gives us the meat of a marvelous play in a form that all can enjoy, for one evening turning a nothing scrap of city park into an imaginative something to behold. Read the whole review.
Much Ado About Nothing opened this weekend to great weather, big crowds, and delighted critics! Our first review is out and it’s a rave: Katy Walsh of The Fourth Walsh writes,
Well, this is much ado about something. The show is a tightly-packed comedy. Director Beth Wolf has actors entering and exiting the makeshift stage by running. The action clips. The barbs fly. The love grows. It’s time to fall in love with Shakespeare’s favorite unlikely couple.… Much Ado About Nothing in the park is an ideal summer outing notion. Read the whole rave review here.
We had a great time this weekend and we can’t wait to get out there at Schreiber Park again next weekend. Plan your visit now to come see the show!
Thanks to photographer Zack Whittingon, we have some early photos to share! Check out our two couples: Beatrice (Ashlee Edgemon) and Benedick (Martel Manning), and Hero (Vivian Knouse) and Claudio (Adam Habben).
The show opens July 19. Make your plans now!
Martel Manning (Benedick) and Ashlee Edgemon (Beatrice) –Photo Credit: Zack Whittingon
Vivian Knouse (Hero) and Adam Habben (Claudio) –Photo Credit: Zack Whittington
Last night was our first rehearsal outside. It feels great to be out in the parks again!