Shakespeare In The Park – Steampunk Style!

The Branson Regional Arts Council has partnered with Forte Theatre Productions to present one of their most unique entertainment events yet, a steampunk version of William Shakespeare’s classic  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

There will be four performances of this fun, family friendly show on Sunday July 30th, Monday July 31st , Sunday August 6th, and Monday August 7th at Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park, 312 Espanade Drive in Historic Hollister.

Local area artisans will display their work at 6:30pm, leading into the pre-show and main performance at 7pm each evening. The show will end around 10pm, and tickets are available for pre-sale at BransonArts.org or at the park entrance.

Advance ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for Students and Branson Regional Arts Council members, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Audience members should bring their own folding chairs or blankets to sit on.

In a community packed full of amazing live music shows, this Theatre-In-The-Park production is sure to stand out with it’s beautiful outdoor location, clever use of puppetry and imaginative, one-of-a-kind make-up and costumes.

The seasoned troupe of professional actors known as Forte, not only produce a fantastic production, but pave the way for future artists by directing members of the Branson Regional Arts Council’s Youth Troupe, who will perform a pre-show specifically designed for this event.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a comedy written by Williams Shakespeare over four hundred years ago. The dominant theme is love, and the play portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Thesus, Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, former queen of the Amazons.

Produced by Tina Cool-Anderson and Directed by Justin Ables, the Forte cast members include Parke Fech as Oberon, Randi Shetley as Hippolyta, Jacob Waid as Nick Bottom, Kristen Ables as Titania, Tommy Anderson as Theseus, Mellisa Rivera as Hermia, Joshua Boulden as Demetrius, Charis Bartenslager as Helena, Jon Leicy as Snout, Ashlee Heyward as Mustardseed, Cliff House as Egeus, and Christopher James as Starveling.

BRAC Youth Troupe actors include Derek Brown, Tobias Collins, Morgan Brown, Cole Hill, Izzy Hall, Olivia Fennell, Danielle Groff, Jordan Kendrick, Carter Hendrickson, Gianna Reding, Jacob Deeter, Gemma Reding, Carlie Strong, Austin Cardwell, and Dakota Cooner.

Mark your calendars now, and make plans to bring your family and friends out for some big fun, in this intimate park setting next to the Historic Train Depot in Hollister, Missouri.

For information on Forte, visit ForteTheatreProductions.com or search facebook for “Forte Theatre Productions LLC.

For information on the Branson Regional Arts Council, visit BransonArts.org or search facebook for “Branson Regional Arts Council.”

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