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The Tallahassee Museum's Bellevue lawn becomes the stage for a mini-Midsummer Night's Dream

Several costumed people stand in front of a white building on a lawn.
Tom Flanigan
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The opening scene of the Southern Shakespeare Company's mini-version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as performed at the Tallahassee Museum

The Tallahassee Museum hosted a Southern Shakespeare Company performance of a "Midsummer Night's Dream" on Saturday, March 26. The lawn of Bellevue, the mansion of Princess Murat, became an open-air stage for the classic comedy.

Long considered among the Bard's most playful - and fanciful - creations, this somewhat condensed version of the Shakespeare comedy still retained many of the play's signature lines.

"Let me have Hermia's! Do you marry him?"
"The society of men!"
"That Hermia be not herself to fit her father's will."

For cast members like Lila Rush, who played Helena, the staging could not have been better.

"I think this suits the play perfectly because it takes place outside in the woods. And the weather's perfect today!" she smiled.

Certainly, better weather than earlier in the week when showers washed away one of the performances at Goodwood Museum and Gardens for Leon County school students.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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