Footlight Players, the youth theater company of
the Department of Theater and Dance, performed Shakespeare’s most
popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the inaugural Pittsburgh Fringe
Festival, May 10–11, 2014.
The production, which was under the direction of Footlight
Player’s Producing Director Nick Hrutkay, opened to glowing reviews and won
the Producer’s Choice Award from a small selection of honors given out by the
This fresh interpretation centered on the mischievous fairy
Puck as he manipulates and controls the found space world in which
Shakespeare’s four mismatched lovers are caught in a supernatural squabble that
will alter their destinies forever. Love, magic, and wonder fill the air as
dreams blend with reality in this adventurous production inspired by fashion
designer Alexander McQueen.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream featured a cast comprised of IUP alumni
and current students, including Lisa Balasco, Kathleen DeOrio, Caleb Feigles, Henry
Fodor, Chelsea Kikel, Alex Richardson, Hannah Kate Simon, Matt Smith, and Matt Spencer.
The small cast doubled in multiple roles to create an intimate and
fantastically fun experience for audience members of all ages. IUP staff
member Cheryl Randal designed the mesmerizing costumes and makeup for the
Footlight Players is still accepting applications for its
2014 summer camp, which runs June 16–July 11. More information can be found
at the Footlight Players website.
Department of Theater and Dance