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WordPress Photo Challenge: Between

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Finding Shakespeare.

Finding Shakespeare between these hills.

During a recent warm summer evening, as dusk settled among the hills and along the Huron River, Shakespeare walked.  And I was lucky enough to witness it all.  The University of Michigan presented “Shakespeare in the Arb 2014, As You Like It,” an outdoor interpretation where characters run through meadows and down hillsides sorting out their love and angst in front of a few hundred enthralled peasants — us.

The audience moves between scenes.

The audience moves between scenes.

Rather than changing the set on stage between each scene the whole production, along with the audience, moved to beautiful new locations within the Arboretum.

 

Contemplating his next move.

Contemplating his next move.

And, as the audience moved through the woods or across expanses of meadow carrying their chairs and blankets we often came across characters from the play or were entertained by magical music that floated across the tops of the trees.

Discussing strategy.

Discussing strategy.

 

I hope you enjoy these photos of the action between scenes.

Musical joy.

Musical joy between scenes.

For more entries to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:  Between, click on the link above, or check out a few of my favorites, here, here, here and here.  Or here.

I hope you enjoyed my evening with Shakespeare.  I know I did!

 

Onward.

Onward.

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

24 thoughts on “WordPress Photo Challenge: Between

  1. Excellent! Years ago, I saw a similar sort of outdoorsy production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in Sydney’s botanic gardens: the audience moved from scene to scene.

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    • It’s fun isn’t it Elizabeth! And the play fits in so well with the setting. I saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this park a couple of years ago. That one and this one worked really well.

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  2. What a fantastic idea! Thanks for taking us along.

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  3. How cool! That sounds like a blast, and the actors must love being able to put on a show in that format. They could really get into character that way.

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  4. what a cool event to go too…..would loved that.

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  5. I’ve never heard of this kind of production before — sounds interesting. Nothing like getting one’s exercise at the same time as one enjoys a play!

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  6. Would have loved it too, art in the woods what could be better on a Summer night.
    🙂 x

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  7. What an interesting and imaginative way to stage (figuratively speaking) Shakespeare!

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  8. What a wonderful way to enjoy Shakespeare! Or any play, for that matter. I’ve been to some inventive outdoor performances (The Spoon River Anthology where the dead speak performed in a cemetery). Fantastic interpretation of between. I’d love to see “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” done this way.

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  9. Well that is interesting and fun. We never saw anything like that before
    Lily & Edward

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  10. It was a perfect night and a lot of fun!

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  11. I accompanied Dawn. The actors remained in character even when the helicopters flew over (we were next to a big hospital). One said “I never saw a bird that big!” Last year they did “A Winter’s Tale” and that worked very well also.

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  12. What a cool way to enjoy a play! I have to ask though: how were the bugs? They plague my evenings up here this year.

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  13. nice photos – what a wonderful way to watch a play and spend an afternoon or early evening…have a great week!

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