Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Midsummer Night. . .

A real treat last night. With friends Sandy & Mike Buttitta, we went to see Shakespeare Festival/LA's Bard in the Garden production of a Midsummer Night's Dream at the South Coast Botanic Garden. We got there early with our chairs and coolers filled with food and beverage for a relaxing picnic and a night of great entertainment.

I have probably seen Midsummer. . . six or more times in my life. This production was a jazz version with contemporary music and great costumes, including zoot suits. The "Central Avenue" influence was clear in the performance, set and music. The cast not only could act but also sing and dance backed up by a jazz trio. The words were Shakespeare's. The music was not, with such standards as Central Avenue Breakdown (by Lionel Hampton), It's Only a Paper Moon, Dream a Little Dream of Me, A Kiss to Build a Dream On, I've Got you Under My Skin. . . you get the idea. Truly a well done and unique production.

Below are photos of the program cover and the setting:

A truly delightful evening. And now to get ready for Weekend 3 of CCPT.

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