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A Midsummer Night's Dream at Jordan Valley Park

Plays can transport audiences to a new world.

The Springfield Shakespeare Festival has taken it a step further by transforming Jordan Valley Park back to a Midsummer Night's Dream.

KSMU's Erika Brame walked barefoot in the park right into Shakespeare's play and files this report.

Belly dancers with swords balanced on their heads, children playing in the stream and the Queen and her royal court sitting out in the grass of Jordan Valley Park.

Plus the crowds picnicking in the grass below the stage were all out to watch the evening performance of a Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.

Jeff Jenkins is the Artistic Director and Producer of the Springfield Shakespeare Festival.

He says all the actors are from Springfield except one.

"We brought in one Actress from New York her name is Sara Buffamanti she is playing the role of Titania. And she is an Equity Actress from New York and so we are very delighted to have her."

Jenkins says, the performance this year has many sponsors and that's a first.

He says, he hopes to maintain sponsorship in the future as a way to, "keep Will free."

Many of the characters from the show including The Mechanicals were out with the crowd entertaining them before the performance.

"We all be professionals, I myself a carpenter. Nick Bottom is the Weaver. I am a bellows mender! Which is? Which is the mender of bellows. Excellent answer. Robin the tailor. That's good Robin. As you can tell by his threads. I'm Tom Snot the Tinker. We have another desire in our life beside our profession. We are performers. We are more than performers. We are Thespians. With a b. No wait with a t. No it's with a b. No it's a b. There is a t and h. We are Thebans."

The role of Puck is played by Chelsea Russell.

She discusses what it's like to perform outside.

"Wonderful and terrible all at the same time. There's just a lot of things you just can't account for. Rain was a huge problem for us, the weather, the fire works today, the train. I mean there's countless things."

One audience member Cynthia Ruzicka, says she wouldn't want to be anywhere else in Springfield.

"We have met a couple of the Fairies. It's a beautiful night. I can't imagine any other place better to be in Springfield right now."

There are more performances coming up this week.

They start on Thursday and end on Sunday.

The show starts at 8:15 p.m. in Jordan Valley Park.

Unless you want to set on the grass don't forget to bring your blanket.

For more information about the show you can visit our website: KSMU dot org.

For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.