A Midsummer Night's Dream

Family Outdoor Performance
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Learn more about this Summer’s Outdoor Youth Company Programming.

Special Family Outdoor Performance


by William Shakespeare

The woods outside Athens are a busy place on this magical night! Four runaway lovers find themselves in the middle of a riff between the King and Queen of the Fairies, and if that wasn’t enough, a troupe of amateur actors are trying to rehearse a play. Between these unlikely groups flies Puck, armed only with a wicked sense of humor and a magic potion capable of making anyone fall in love with the first person they set eyes on. What could possibly go wrong? Fusing music, dance and some serious comedy, this wonderful outdoor event brings Shakespeare’s classic to Windhover Performings Arts Center’s magical setting.

Brought to life by Gloucester Stage Youth Company, and Education Director Katie Oberlander, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is presented July 19 through July 22 at 7:30pm and Saturday July 23 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. The outdoor performances are under the big tent at the Windhover Performing Arts Center located at 250 Granite Street, Rockport. Seating is general admission, runtime is 90 minutes, appropriate for ages 6+

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July 19 – July 23

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 3:00 p.m.

Run Time

Around 1.5 hours w/ Intermission

Do I bring my own seats?
No, we will provide comfortable seating for all of the audience. There are secure lawn chairs for grass seating, and there will be platforms to aid in sight lines with folding chairs. Additional “picnic box” seats will be available on the right and left sides of the performance area.

Will there be protection from the sun?
The Windhover property is a very large space outdoors, with much of the gathering areas under direct sunlight – so sunscreen is encouraged. There are shady areas under the large tree over most of the center audience, seating units with sun umbrellas, and a large natural canopy over the stage and audience space. These are not water tight, so in heavy rain there will still be the possibility of a cancellation.

Will there be protection from bugs and mosquitos?
Yes, we will be fogging all seating and gathering areas weekly in the early morning, allowing 12hrs before any audience members arrive. This will provide significantly increased coverage from pests, but bug spray is still encouraged.

Is there parking onsite?
Windhover features a large grass parking lot with the space to accomodate a sold out audience this summer, but carpooling with your pod is strongly encouraged. There is no fee for parking and all factory cars can clear the terrain. The space is over 4 acres, but the walk from the back of the parking lot to the front of the stage wouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes.

I need an accessibility accommodation. Who should I contact?
Please call our Box Office 978-281-4433 or let us know when booking your ticket. We will make a note and make sure your needs are met.

What happens if one of the shows I’m scheduled to attend is cancelled or rescheduled?
We will send out email, voice, and text messages to alert you of any reschedulings and cancellations. We are offering refunds and exchanges for both rescheduled and cancelled shows. Please add boxoffice@gloucesterstage.com to your contacts and check your email’s spam folder to ensure you get our updates about shows as we announce any changes.

What is the refund policy?
Tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend your performance (except for patrons who show symptoms of illness or who were exposed to COVID-19 prior to a show), we encourage you to exchange your tickets for a different date or a different production.

What if a performance is cancelled on the last night?
In the event of a cancellation you will receive the option for an exchange to another production, a refund for your purchase.