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Saturday, December 7, 2019


A Midsummer Night's Dream

By Isabel Braverman - staff writer

By: Isabel Braverman | Democrat
from above: Ophelia, played by Jess Beveridge, goes mad after learning of her father, Polonius.
Upon seeing Shakespeare on the Farm one couldn't help but smile. The joyous performance included singing, dancing, stilt walking and the actors: each portraying a Shakespearian character.
The show is the imaginative creation of Tannis Kowalchuk, former director of NACL Theatre and now the Director of Farm Arts Collective, a non-profit that connects art with agriculture.
It's very fitting that Willow Wisp Organic Farm, owned by farmer and Kowalchuk's husband Greg Swartz, hosted Shakespeare on the Farm. The magical setting of rows of vegetables with blue skies, white puffy clouds and billowing greenhouses played perfectly against the colorful cast of characters (costumes by Karen Flood).
Shakespeare is perhaps known for producing memorable characters as much as his writing, so it only made sense to include many of them.
There were Romeo and Juliet; Titania, Queen of the Fairies, from A Midsummer Night's Dream; Ophelia from Hamlet; and King Lear, among others.
The play was expertly directed by Kowalchuk and Mimi McGurl featuring the words of William Shakespeare and original music by Kowalchuk, Rima Fand, Alaric Jans and Dough Rogers (with some Led Zeppelin sprinkled in because why not?).
As the audience walked through the farm one got the sense of connecting with nature (some audience members elected to discard their shoes).
During the intermission they handed out carrots and after the show served chilled cucumber soup (all veggies were grown on the farm).
This past weekend's performances were sold out and so are this coming weekend's, however they added another show on Friday night at 7 p.m. so don't miss your chance to see it!
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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