Madsummer Night’s Dream and More


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Come out to sunny Blue Lake for an evening of music and mashups, featuring Nu Heavenly Tones Gospel Choir, a musical project from the mind of Michael Fields and a tribute to Timmy Gray heralded by the Dell’Arte House Band.

Madsummer” is a first showing of a new project, which is a very free and loose jukebox musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with all the lovers over the age of 60, set in a nursing home during a pandemic, with the staff of the home like Cirque on steroids (but making minimum wage). The presentation of “Madsummer ” will be followed by a tribute to Timmy Gray, Dell’Arte’s longtime composer and sound designer who passed away in April 2021.

This will be a concert version with songs along with some short scene excerpts. The full play will be presented in Fall 2021. Songs for the summer include, “I Want to be Sedated,” “Old Friends,” “I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore,” “Older Ladies,” and “My Generation,” among others. The songs will be played by the Dell’Arte House Band, Marla Joy, Tim Randles, Jeff Kelley and Mike Labolle. This will be the first presentation of a new production company, Longshader, established by longtime Dell’Arte Company and Faculty Member Michael Fields. 

According to the Population Reference Bureau, the aging baby boom generation will fuel a 75% increase in older Americans requiring nursing home care to about 2.3 million people in 2030. Informed by conversations with Humboldt Life Care and Hospice, “Madsummer” is about the deep, passionate love that is possible and doesn’t end as one ages.

These performances will be held Saturday, July 17, starting at 4 p.m. in the Rooney Amphitheater.