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Orlando Shakes Announces A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Perform Live: “Give me your hands when we’re friends and Robin will make amends.” – News from Central Florida

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Orlando Shakes has announced its return to live performance. ThThe theater group works with UCF to produce “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Walt Disney Amphitheater on Lake Eola.

Orlando Shakes worked with the City of Orlando and AdventHealth to secure the outdoors and implement health protocols like social distancing and face masks.

Mayor Buddy Dyer says the pandemic has been a challenge for everyone.

But he can’t think of any other industry hit as badly as the arts, as they were some of the first companies to close and some of the last to reopen.

“But today we can celebrate that Orlando Shakes will be here in our signature park.”

Dyer says the arts provide the jobs and workplaces the region needs, and they are nourishment for the soul in troubled times.

For similar reasons, Commissioner Patty Sheehan says art groups must be open to personal shows, but with security measures like those in place at Lake Eola.

“Many of us have PTSD because we have lost our sense of joy, participation, and inspiration.”

The play runs between March 31st and April 17th.

Orlando Shakes’ next production, Little Shop of Horrors, will also be performed outdoors in the amphitheater.


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