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Spring 2024: A Midsummer Yosemite Dream

In April 2024, we performed our 7th production: A Midsummer Yosemite Dream!

Our seventh production, A Midsummer Yosemite’s Dream,  takes as its starting point the archival discovery that director Max Reinhardt declined an invitation to stage Dream in front of Yosemite falls in 1934. Ninety years later, our musical adaptation imagines a collision of 1930s fairies with 2024 Ranger Mechanicals and lover-tourists, and is full of humor, heart, and calls to live in ecological balance with our home planet.

Read more about the discovery in the Yosemite archives that inspired this adaptation here
 
Check out this review of our production by Tiffany Jo Werth, UC Davis professor, published on the Oecologies research blog.
 
Sponsored by UC Merced, the National Park Service, Yosemite Hospitality, Visit Yosemite Madera County, Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, Misfit Inc., and private donations.
 

On Stage

Lovers and a father:

Hippolyta: Sabreena Niles [UC Merced grad student]

Theseus: Adam Washiyama Shulman 

Egeus/Narrator: German Pariagua [UC Merced alum and employee]

 

Hermia: Madelyn Lara [UC Merced alum]

Lysander: Mia Hinshaw [UC Merced student]

Helena: Alyssa McCabe

Demetrius: Joey Serrano [UC Merced student]

 

Fairies:

Titania: Sofia Andom [UC Merced alum]

Oberon: Tonatiuh Newbold [Yosemite Hospitality employee and former UC Merced student]

Puck: Marcy Martinez [UC Merced alum]

Ariel: Rose 

 

Western Pipistrelle (bat): Sal Lopez [UC Merced alum]

RedLeggedFrog: Nicole Agpuon [UC Merced student]

Monkeyflower: Mickey Clark [UC Merced student]

Parnassian (butterfly): Joanna Lopez [UC Merced student]

Juniper: Hayden Namgostar [UC Merced student]

Pika: Sam Brown [UC Merced student]

Lupine: Cat Flores [UC Merced alum]

 

Park Mechanicals:

Bottom, the Telecommunications Clerk/Narrator: Ranger Marion Roubal [NPS employee]

Peter Quince, the Archeologist: Ranger Eid Broughton [NPS employee]

Flute, the UC Merced Scientist: Dave Ardell [UC Merced faculty]

Snout, the Shuttle Driver: Aliya Hunter [Yosemite Hospitality Employee]

Starveling, the Campground Ranger: Ranger Jessie Levitt [NPS employee]

Snug, the Mountaineering School Administrator: Gisel Diaz [Yosemite Hospitality Employee]

As themselves: Astrid Ardell, Ranger Scott Gediman, Ranger Michael Wolfe [NPS employee]

 

The Band:

Guitar, Piano, bandleader: David Rose

French horn, clarinet, ukelele: BJ Humpal

Drums: Ranger Dave Brumbagh [NPS employee]

Clarinet, Bass: Jackson Mitchell

Saxophone, Bass, French Horn: Diego Flores

Flute: Aahana

 

Behind the scenes:

Director, Adaptor, and Producer: Katie Brokaw [UC Merced faculty]

Music Director and Associate Director: Tonatiuh Newbold [Yosemite Hospitality]

Associate Producer and NPS liaison: Scott Gediman [NPS]

Associate Producer: Collin Lewis [UC Merced executive arts director]

Associate Directors: Ranger Marion Roubal and Sedney Suarez Gordon [UC Merced graduate student]

Stage Manager: Wayne Agbanlog [UC Merced student]

NPS consultant, set construction, and Yosemite rehearsal assistant: Ranger Steve Lyon [NPS]

PR: Jennyfer Aguirre and Srikar Gudipati [UC Merced students]

Dramaturgs and Archivists: Ranger Sam Goza [NPS employee] and Tierney Bowden [UC Merced student]

Lead Costume and Prop Designers: Grace Garnica and Mahea LaRosa [UC Merced alumni and staff]

Set Designer: Adam Washiyama Shulman 

Design Team: Marline Acosta, Miranda Cruz, Diana Gonzalez Hernandez, Alan Molina, Emily Pu, and Rachelle Tseng [UC Merced students]

Choreograpphers: Ranger Marion Rouba [NPS] and Sal Lopez, Mia Hinshaw [UC Merced]

Sound engineer and film editing: Will Darpinian [UC Merced alum]

Videography, photography, and film editing: Will Serg George [UC Merced alum]

Photography: Amir Shirzadibonab [UC Merced grad student]

Guest consulting director: Elizabeth Freestone