Midsummer Dreaming

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.

From a 1999 episode of Disney's House of Mouse.



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  1. What a cool pic of Little Sis! I used to go see Shakespeare in the Park every summer but I don't think I have gone since before the kids were born. :( My fave Shakespeare play is Much Ado About Nothing. I love the movie version with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh. And I'm looking forward to seeing the version done by Joss Whedon!

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    1. Much Ado is the cool choice among theatre people. I was in a production once, but I only played Ursula. I didn't audition - the friend who directed was short on women at the auditions. Mr. B played Don John, the villain. I only did Midsummer in high school, playing Helena. It was a lot of fun, though. :o)

      I love the Branagh film, too. I want to see the Whedon version, although I may wait until it's out on video. I seldom get to see grown-up movies in the theater anymore. ;o)

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  2. I have never read that story from Shakespeare (Incredible, right?) but I have heard many mentions about it.

    Mr. Magoo!!! My mom's favorite cartoon character! I swear she would laughed non-stop whenever it was on TV! Brings back good memory :D

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    1. My littlest got hooked on Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol on Netflix a couple of years ago. She watched it over and over for a whole year. ;o)

      Midsummer is Shakespeare at his most accessible. I do like the film from 1999 as well, with Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, and Kevin Kline, among many others. There was another from the same year put out by the Royal Shakespeare Company - it was on Netflix, but I'm not sure it still is - and it's pretty awesome.

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  3. LOVE that pic! And oh how I wish I could see you perform :) I love all Shakespeare. What do you think about the news on the being-made-soon Macbeth film with Michael Fassbender? He'll be great, but Natalie Portman is going to be Lady Macbeth. Not sure about that....it's going to be Black Swan, Shakepeare-style....I'd rather they have picked Carey Mulligan, or Cate Blanchett or Rachel Weisz or about a million other people....

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    1. I vaguely heard about it, but not enough to form an opinion. I have friends who just saw the one-man Alan Cumming version of Macbeth on Broadway. That would have been very interesting! Macbeth will be done in town this Halloween, but I'm taking a break after this one, perhaps for a good long while. I'm having issues. ;o)

      I remember watching the rather gory-sexy Roman Polanski film in high school. It was... interesting...

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  4. Thank you for the lovely videos, and the dreaming! So hard to believe it's midsummer (what a beautiful word huh) already. Love the picture of your little garden fairy!

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    1. I know. And we have at least 3 more months of heat left. I am not a summer person. ;o) Thank you for all your kind words! xxxxooo

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