2 live performances planned at Dunes Summer Theatre


Dunes Summer Theatre in Michigan City.

Dunes Arts Foundation (DAF) announces two live outdoor performances scheduled for the 2021 season of Dunes Summer Theatre.

The theatre’s wooded site in the Indiana Dunes is an ideal venue to offer safe, socially distanced productions, said Elise Kermani, DAF managing director.

“We are fortunate to be able to take advantage of our scenic location to deliver the kind of high-quality theatre performances that Dunes Summer Theatre audiences have come to appreciate,” Kermani said. “We look forward to welcoming back our loyal patrons and we encourage new audiences to discover the magic of a live theatre experience. We are offering these two performances free to the public as a thank you to our community that stood by us through the pandemic. We will open our patio an hour before the performances start for pre-show snacks and drinks. Come early and meet some of our staff, volunteers and board of directors.”

The new season will open with “Forever Plaid: The Musical” playing June 4-20, (Fridays-Sundays), 6-7:30 p.m. The story centers on a 1950s quartet performing popular tunes of that era, including “Three Coins in a Fountain”, “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and “Sixteen Tons.” DAF artistic director Tito Sanchez-Williams said audience members of all ages will enjoy this nostalgic journey to an earlier, more innocent time.

Sanchez-Williams, director of the musical, said Dunes Summer Theatre wants to emphasize diversity and inclusion in its productions. “We are selecting a less traditional cast to give a contemporary twist to this old classic,” he said.

Steve Scott

The second production will be “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, with performances July 9-25 (Fridays-Sundays), 6-7:30 p.m. This romantic comedy is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays and has multiple subplots to keep audiences guessing, Director Steve Scott said.

“The outdoor venue of Dunes Summer Theatre is perfect for this production of ‘Midsummer’. We will inhabit the site-specific environment of DST, including cabins and the woods, and make the world of Shakespeare come alive for our audiences,” Scott said.

Scott is the resident guest director of Dunes Summer Theatre and an artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He was the Goodman’s producer for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2017. He lives in Long Beach with his husband, Ted Hoerl.

Reservations are required for both free productions, and donations are welcomed. Details will be available at www.dunesarts.org. DAF also offers a variety of summer classes for children and youths. More information about children’s programming can be found at www.dunesarts.org/youth-theatre-classes.

Dunes Arts Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 1951 to provide high-quality performing and fine arts that inspire audiences and promote community spirit. DAF strives for inclusivity, diversity and accessibility in all areas of operations. The organization is located at 288 Shady Oak Dr. in Michigan City. The mailing address is P.O. Box 384, Michigan City, Ind. 46361. For more information, visit www.dunesarts.org.

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