|Little Sis, wearing wings, playing in the fairy house.|
Midsummer is almost upon us! Friday will mark the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and I will find an excuse to make sugary things and fairy crafts, at least until I head out to the park to perform in Two Gentlemen of Verona that night. I will have pictures to share with you from our trip to Lindsborg last weekend for their annual Midsummer Festival - you can see last year's pictures here - and we will conclude our goofy merriment on Monday with International Faerie Day, a semi-holiday we insist upon celebrating every year.
As I am in Shakespeare mode, I thought I'd share a few kid-friendly videos of my personal favorite Shakespeare comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream. I've learned through the years that it is not the "cool" choice among theatre people for a favorite, but I love it. It's easy to follow, the mechanicals are a hoot, the lovers are silly, and there are fairies!
From Shakespeare: The Animated Tales
The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo
The 1935 Warner Bros. film, directed by Max Rheinhardt,
starring James Cagney, Dick Powell, Olivia deHavilland,
and Mickey Rooney.