Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts



Midsummer is an original musical adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream incorporating the music of The Moody Blues. It was originally performed at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in 2011 and had a second run in 2012 at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida.

Conceived & Directed by Beverly Blanchette

Scenic Designer:  Michael McClain  /  Scenic Artist:  Cyndi Taylor

Technical Director:  Edward Blanchette

Costume Designer:  Penelope Koleos-Williams



Praise for the Director

“This production was brilliant and extremely enjoyable.  It was aesthetically beautiful and the action and fun of the show’s comedy were bolstered by the direction, acting, and technical aspects.”

– Christine Chavers, Florida State Thespian Mainstage Screening Adjudicator

“Having a director who also wrote this interpretation of this Shakespeare classic was such an asset for the cast.  The director not only captured Shakespeare’s intent, but enhanced his play with the addition of the music.”

– Marty Hancock, Florida State Thespian Mainstage Screening Adjudicator

“Mrs. Blanchette has been given a nick name: ‘Shakesbev’ because she is amazingly good at directing and has an incredible knack for helping her students understand Shakespearian literature.”

– Wade Jennings, BA candidate, School of Theatre, FSU


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