• Renée Cyr

Greenwood’s Theatre on the Lawn coming on Sunday, August 16

PHOTO COURTESY GREENWOOD Puppet show Ben & Joony will be presented along with a 40-minute excerpt of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Hudson Players on Greenwood Centre’s beautiful grounds August 16.

If you loved the recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or didn’t get an opportunity to see it at Jack Layton Park this July, Greenwood’s annual event Theatre on the Lawn on Sunday, August 16 will give you another chance to see the Hudson Players’ Shakespeare-by-the-Lake in action.

Their smash summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream left audiences enchanted. The eight performances by a cast of two dozen actors were bursting with creativity. Directed by Mary Vuorela, accompanied by Roy Vuorela’s original score and Tina Marais Struthers’s stunning costume design, Midsummer was a magical production brought to life by the enthusiasm and talent of the cast. July 26 brought a wrap to the ten-day run.

The tradition of Theatre on the Lawn at Greenwood goes back to the 1940s. Phoebe Hyde, the last proprietor of Greenwood, began acting in and directing Shakespearean plays on her back lawn during the second world war. Friends and family were encouraged to get into costume and take on a role, sometimes whether they wanted to or not. It is said that refusing Phoebe was not an option! Phoebe’s passion and her freedom-loving spirit accompanied her in whatever she set her mind to do. In her memory, Hudson’s Greenwood Centre for Living History carries on her Theatre on the Lawn tradition each August.

This year, Greenwood will present puppets Ben & Joony performing their hilarious The Sandwich Show—both children and adults will enjoy this interactive musical performance. And following the puppet show, the Hudson Players will once again take the stage by the Lake of Two Mountains and perform a 40-minute excerpt from their recent A Midsummer Night’s Dream production.

Show-times are 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Greenwood (254 Main Road, Hudson) on Sunday, August 16. In case of rain, the event will be held at St. Mary’s Church Hall. Admission is by donation.


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