Loras Players Return to the Stage with Abridged Shakespeare

The Loras Players are presenting an in-person performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this weekend at the St. Joseph Auditorium in Hoffman Hall. The play will be an abridged version of the classic play, clocking in at one hour.

After multiple virtual performances since the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the first time this academic year that the Loras Players will be in front of a live audience.

“We’re very excited to be making a smallcontrolled step toward more live, in-person performances,” Ryan Decker, director of theater, said. “While we’ve very much enjoyed working in new digital mediums this year, it’s not at all the same visceral, communal experience as performing or watching a production live.”

The performance will feature the acting talents of Zaebian Weis, Cole Rabedeaux, Jake Heelein, Lillian Feltes, Emily Lemire, Emma Hennessy, Ramsey Schulz, Trenton Sanchez and Sam Martin. Amelia Foley is the stage director, Nell Boylan is the assistant stage director, and Avery Wiskersham is the sound operator. Decker directs the performance.

First performed around 1596, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s comic fantasy of four lovers who find themselves bewitched by fairies and reckon with love, jealousy and marriage. 

The Loras Players will perform the play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26 and Saturday, March 27. Both performances are free, and the doors open at 7 p.m.

Be sure to listen to the radio performances for “The War of the Worlds” and “Miracle on 34th Street” by the Loras Players from the fall semester.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).