Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A dreamy summer's night

This week my parents and brother and sister are in town and, since we only get together about every six months these days, having them in town has encouraged us to take advantage of some of the wonderfully entertaining things happening in and around Provo. Tonight we went up to the beautiful Sundance Resort and enjoyed an evening of theatre beneath the stars. Showing currently in their outdoor theatre is a delightful production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream". There is something altogether magical about the theatre period, but pull the roof off and put the stage on a mountain surrounded by nature and you have got yourself a real treat. As I sat in the audience watching the Oberon and Puck manipulate the lives of fellow fairies and mortals alike, I found myself unable to keep from smiling it was such a delight to watch.

Contrary to popular belief, or maybe just my father's, I do occasionally do more than shop - shocking, I know! I am a Senior at UVU (Utah Valley University - doesn't it just sound expensive) and an English major so literature is most definitely a huge part of my life, but I will confess to a special fondness for William Shakespeare's plays. There is something about his plays that just draws you in, I am not sure how to explain it. Now although there are times when nothing hits the spot better than a good and torturous tragedy, I am drawn more to the comedies. "Much Ado about Nothing" is my favorite but "A Midsummer's Night Dream" is a very close second so tonight was a real delight. Before the feature presentation even started we were entertained by an improv group called "Thrillionaires", and they were a perfect appetizer to the comedic feast to come.

So here is my plug; "A Midsummer's Night Dream" is running through 8/23 on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights up at the Sundance summer theatre and if you are looking for something fun to do you should check it out - you will not be sorry. Then if a night at home seems a better choice I would recommend that you check out the film version of "Much Ado About Nothing" with the talented Emma Thompson and hysterical Kenneth Branagh - it is a scream!


wendy said...

Yeah for a bee-yuu-tiful night! Now, new post! new post! ;)

Allyson said...

Ok - I am so on it!