Monday, December 05, 2011

Club Indigo to present "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Dec. 9

CALUMET -- The final Club Indigo event at the Calumet Theatre will take place this Friday, Dec. 9, as the 18th season closes with a pre-holiday plum, one of the great Shakespearean classics, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

This is the most celebrated version of the Bard's comic fantasy ever created for film or stage -- thanks to the supervision of its director, Max Reinhardt, who came to America to supervise this one Hollywood magnus opus, then returned to Germany, where he was hailed as the world's greatest director.

In 1935, totally without the aid of our modern CGI effects, Reinhardt created an entire fairy kingdom and fantasy forest in one of Warner Brothers' largest sound stages and peopled it with Warners' finest stars (including Mickey Rooney as Puck) and a cast of thousands -- all backed by Felix Mendelssohn's familiar music. The result: a Hollywood extravaganza never topped and still as thrillingly entertaining as ever.

A Midsummer Night's Dream can be seen at the Calumet Theatre this Friday at 7:15 p.m., preceded by a royal buffet from the chefs at Calumet's Miscowaubik Club at 6 p.m. Cost for both movie and buffet, $18. Movie alone, $5. Children, reduced rates. To assure a seat at the buffet a call to the theatre should be made at least a day in advance: 337-2610.

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