Announcing the Cast for Dream in High Park’s 40th Anniversary Production

Dream in High Park returns for its 40th anniversary season. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Dream in High Park is back — and commemorating a major milestone in its production history.

This summer, Canadian Stage will celebrate the beloved tradition’s 40th anniversary by mounting A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As the first play ever presented in the High Park amphitheatre in 1983, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been associated with the time-honoured tradition of Shakespeare under the stars — this year’s will be the 10th rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a part of Dream in High Park.

This year’s production of Dream will be directed by Jamie Robinson and feature a cast of Toronto favourites, including Louisa Zhu, Jadyn Nasato, Megan Legesse, Steven Hao, Ryan G. Hinds, Shelly Antony, Stuart Hefford, Frank Chung, Aaron Willis, Julie Tepperman, Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin, and Angel Lo.

A photo of Dream in High Park‘s audience from 1983. Photo by M Toma.

“It is amazing to be celebrating 40 years of Dream in High Park this year,” said Brendan Healy, artistic director of Canadian Stage, in a press release. “The Dream remains a timeless summer tradition in this city, passed down from generation to generation — for so many Torontonians it is an introduction to live theatre and the beginning of a deeper relationship with the arts community. There is something pure and essential about enjoying live performance outside in the summer that I don’t think will ever stop being magical…so many of the performers that you see on stages across the country today were on the High Park Amphitheatre stage at some point and it is often an important step in a director’s

“The Dream continues to evolve as the theatre community and the city evolve and we look
forward to presenting it for years to come.”

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs July 21 – September 3 with performances Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here and cost $29 plus HST. Rush pay-what-you-wish tickets are available for all performances of Dream in High Park.

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Aisling is Intermission's senior editor and an award-winning arts journalist with bylines including the Toronto Star, NEXT Magazine, CTV News Toronto, and Maclean's. She likes British playwright Sarah Kane, most songs by Taylor Swift, and her cats, Fig and June.