Introducing the Cast of AS YOU LIKE IT

COLLAGE1Midsommer 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!

CAST LIST

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)

Meet the Cast of Twelfth Night

Collage2Midsommer 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)

Will Burdin Antonio, Duke’s Attendant, Sailor
Jared Dennis Malvolio
Meredith Ernst Viola
Adam Habben Andrew Aguecheek
Kanome’ Jones Olivia
Jake Jones Sebastian
Nick Loumos Orsino
Alex Mauney Feste
Ian Michael Minh Sea Captian, Curio, Officer 2
Elizabeth Rentfro Maria / Music Director
Erick Rivera Sailor, Duke’s Attendant, Officer 1
Chris Smith Toby Belch / Violence Designer
Trey Wright Valentine, Sailor, Priest
Maureen Yasko Fabian, Duke’s Attendant, Sailor

Production Staff

Beth Wolf Director
Monisa Victrum Assistant Director
Julia Farrell Diefenbach Box Office Manager
Elizabeth Shorrock Costume Designer
Chris Smith Violence Designer
Elizabeth Rentfro Composer/Music Director
Dylan S. Roberts MF Producing Manager

MACBETH by the Numbers

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
18 actors
15 scheduled performances
12 performances started
11 performances completed
8 weeks
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.

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PHOTOS: First Look at Macbeth

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.

PHOTOS: First Outdoor Rehearsal

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!

Cast Announcement: A Drum, A Drum, Macbeth Doth Come…

Collage HeadshotsWe are only a few weeks away from beginning rehearsals for this summer’s outdoor production of Macbeth. If you haven’t heard about our 2015 season yet, you can check out the Current Season page or read the full press release. We have exciting things planned this year, including a new winter show in December inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

But before that, we have a whole summer to enjoy first! Midsommer Flight is especially thrilled to announce the cast and crew of Macbeth. We can’t wait to get to work with these incredibly talented artists.

Macbeth runs July 11 through August 30, touring to four different parks. We hope to see you this summer!

Cast (in alphabetical order):
Matt Bartholomew……….Duncan / Seyward
Jerome Beck……………….Donalbain / Norwegian Soldier / Dunsinane Soldier
Adam Habben…………….Murderer 1 / Menteith / Macdonwald
Christina Renee Jones……Porter / Messenger / Doctor
Margaret Kellas……………Fleance / Son / Young Seyward
Keyanna Khatiblou……….Witch 1
Francisco Lopez, Jr………..Ross
Nick Loumos………………Lenox
Stephanie Mattos…………Witch 2
Andrew McClelland……….Seyton / Norwegian Soldier
Elizabeth Rentfro………….Lady Macduff / Gentlewoman
Chris Smith……………….Macduff / Norwegian Soldier
Elise Spoerlein…………….Witch 3
Julian Stroop…………….Malcolm
Jeremy Thompson……….Banquo / Dunsinane Soldier
Colin Wasmund………….Macbeth
Adam Welsh………………Murderer 2 / Caithness / Norwegian Soldier
Maureen Yasko…………..Lady Macbeth

Crew:
Beth Wolf……………Director
Sarah Franzel……….Assistant Director
Matt Singleton………Violence Designer
Vivian Knouse……….Props Designer
Beth Laske-Miller….Costume Designer

Artistic Director Beth Wolf Interviewed for HowlRound

HowlRound, a “center for the Theatre Commons,” has published an article in their NewCrit series which includes a positive review of this summer’s Much Ado About Nothing, along with a friendly interview with Midsommer Flight’s Artistic Director, Beth Wolf, about presenting Shakespeare in the Park.

The acting style was broadly comedic and easy to follow (no easy feat, given the complexity of Much Ado’s plot), and the pacing tight—as the performance clocked in at ninety minutes. The words fit comfortably in the actors’s mouths as they made clear sense of the complex language. Martel Manning’s Benedick gave a particularly memorable performance leaping and hiding to eavesdrop on Leonato (Scott Olson) and Claudio (Adam Habben) as they gossiped about Beatrice’s (Ashlee Edgemon) love for him. The audience erupted into peals of laughter at the physical comedy. 

To read more, including anecdotes from Wolf about working in the park, check out the full article: Neighborhood Shakespeare in Chicago’s North Side Parks, by Dani Snyder-Young.