Kellogg Community College Theatre returns to the stage this month with the College’s first full production since 2019, an innovative take on William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The play is free and open to the public and can be watched in two ways:
- Limited in-person seating will be available at KCC’s Binda Performing Arts Center, located at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek.
- The show will be filmed with a 360-degree camera and livestreamed on Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/99881957836?pwd=ZERhOTRuVCtPTlcrWlVEcHpHeWFzUT09 by entering the code “forsooth.” The stream will start a few minutes before the advertised showtime.
Just 24 in-person seats will be available for each show, and they MUST be reserved in advance by leaving a message with the KCC Theatre Box Office at 269-965-4154. Messages must include contact information and number of seats requested; a representative from the Box Office will call back to confirm reservations.
There will be six performances of the play, at the following times:
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22
- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23
- 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24
- 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29
- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30
- 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1
KCC Theater Program Coordinator and professor Brad Poer said “KCC Theatre is proud to present a truly unique take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy about the insanity of love.”
“In our version of the show, we asked what it would look like if it took place in a slightly magical version of 2022,” Poer said, “complete with TikTok-inspired jokes, dances and lip synchs along with fairy characters who ‘control’ the humans in the story as if they were characters in a game of Dungeons & Dragons.”
Poer called the dual in-person/virtual experience “simultaneously old-school and new-school.” In-person seating will be placed onstage just in front of the actors for an intimate, “fly on the wall” experience, he said, with the actors focusing their performances on the 360-degree camera.
“Those in the theatre will get to watch the actors perform for the camera and view what the camera is broadcasting projected on a screen above the stage,” Poer said. “It’s the best of both digital and analog theatrical worlds!”
For more information about KCC’s upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” contact Poer at email@example.com.
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