Daily Archives: July 21, 2016

Midsummer Night's Magic, in Skippack

There’s a magical being in our beautiful village — the knavish sprite called Robin Goodfellow, otherwise known as Puck. There are others as well — Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed. And traveling in a different circle, you may meet Peter Quince, Nick Bottom, and Francis Flute. Please give them a warm welcome to town.

I am talking about the characters in William Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, currently in performance at Playcrafters of Skippack. I saw it last weekend and it is excellent. The brilliance of a Playcrafter’s cast and crew never ceases to astound and impress me. To cut to the chase: go see it.

Why We Need Puck and Co.

Why welcome Puck and his friends?

Mackenzie Moyer as Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Playcrafters of Skippack.

Mackenzie Moyer as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Playcrafters of Skippack.

Midsummer Night’s Dream is filled with magic, enchantment, and lightheartedness – three elements sadly lacking in the world today. Without them, we live in a world of daily brutality reported on nightly news, rants on social media, endless SEPTA rides and endless hours in a corporate cubicle, and taxes and bills and other meaningless stuff.

The antidote is here, right in our village. We need the world of magic and enchantment depicted so beautifully in Midsummer Night’s Dream to make our real world bearable.

And Skippack needs to be sprinkled with magic dust now and again. We pride ourselves on being no ordinary suburban or exurban town, but instead a lively and, yes, enchanting village, with our own low-key and unobtrusive style. To maintain our identity, we need the magic of the theater in the heart of our village. We need to pay attention to productions like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which honor the extraordinary, the fantastical, and the power of the human imagination.

A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream at Playcrafters of Skippack.

A scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Playcrafters of Skippack.

To misquote Shakespeare, “banish Puck and you banish the world.”

Upcoming Performances

Thursday, July 28, at 8 pm
Fridays, July 22 & 29 at 8 pm
Saturdays, 23 & 30 at 8 pm
Sunday matinee July 24 at 3 pm.
Buy tickets online

Playcrafters of Skippack
2011 Store Road
610-584-4005