A community effort that started with only a few people two months ago came to life in a theater production that filled a room to capacity on Saturday.
Shakespeare for All Madera presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a cast of more than 20 residents, including children, teenagers and adults. The play, directed by Stephen Muterspaugh, was the end result of planning, outreach and rehearsal gatherings to get local residents involved in the arts.
The initiative is part of the Shakespeare for All program, funded by the James Irvine Foundation and run by The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, a nonprofit organization. The organization received a $200,000 grant aimed at making the arts more accessible in communities that are lacking and strengthen the ties between art enthusiasts in places that aren’t.
When determining the cities to work with, The Festival chose Madera because of previous local support. Its Shakespeare on Tour performances, where professional actors of The Festival performed William Shakespeare’s plays, were greatly attended at the local library, said Muterspaugh...