1. There will be three free performances
Davidson Community Players, along with the town of Davidson, Gateau on Main Bakery and Main Street Books, will present three free performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 7 p.m. May 16-18 on the Davidson Village Green. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Light concessions will be sold.
2. It’s directed by Wrenn Goodrum
The production is directed by Wrenn Goodrum and features 23 local actors. Goodrum is the executive director of ACTivate Community Through Theatre, which features summer camps and holds performances at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center. “I see theater as a way of not just educating but transforming young lives and helping them grow their self-confidence,” Goodrum said in a November interview.
3. The show has local twists
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta. Goodrum has created a “community-immersive” experience for the audience, and will feature local businesses and other twists on the script. Though the director is accustomed to working with children, adults will fill roles in this production. John Woods, who served as the mayor of Davidson from 2007-15, will play the part of Theseus.
4. Proceeds support a scholarship fund
All proceeds from the sale of concessions will help support DCP’s Timothe Bittle scholarship fund for youth actors. In case of rain on Thursday or Friday, the performances will be held at the Chapel at Davidson United Methodist Church, 304 S. Main St. in Davidson. “We are thrilled, once again, to partner with local merchants and the town of Davidson to bring free theatre to the people of our community,” says Sylvia Schnople, artistic director for Davidson Community Players.
5. Next for DCP are its summer shows
Most of the company’s shows are held at Armour Street Theatre, but DCP typically holds two summer shows at the much-larger Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson College Campus. First up is “Mama Mia” June 20-30, with seating starting at $15 for students younger than 21. Then “A Comedy of Errors” takes to the Davidson College theater July 18-28.