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Brittany McManus is a third-year master’s degree student in costume design. Along with the production’s scenic designer, lighting designer, sound designer and wig & make-up designer (all of whom are third-year graduate students at CCM), McManus’ work on A Midsummer Night’s Dream is serving as her thesis project.

McManus’ unique costume design concepts for this production draw inspiration from the 1960s. “We are doing three different groups of people,” she explains. “The 60s are when the countercultures really emerge, so you start to see these different facets of society in a way that you may have seen before… but not to this extent.”

Junior John Odom plays Oberon, the king of the fairies.

Her design re-imagines the fairies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the well-dressed advertising executives from television’s iconic Mad Men. Above, junior John Odom plays Oberon, the king of the fairies.

Sophomore Trey Wright plays Nick Bottom and Pyramus.

Dressed primarily in earth tones, the amateur actors known as “mechanicals” are inspired both by the strong middle class and emerging folk-artist groups. Above, sophomore Trey Wright plays Nick Bottom.

Junior Madelyn McKenzie plays Helena

The Athenian lovers are adorned in bright colors and big skirts for a more romantic affect. Above, junior Madelyn McKenzie plays Helena.


McManus explored Kennedy-like sophistication for the Athenians. Above, junior William Brown plays Theseus.

For A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘s play-within-a-play, Pyramus and Thisbe are set in the Renaissance as a nod back to the Shakespearean era. Below, sophomore Trey Wright plays Nick Bottom playing Pyramus.

Trey Wright as Nick Bottom as Pyramus.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from Oct. 3 (preview) through 7 in Patricia Corbett Theater on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Michael Burnham directs.

Performance Times

  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 (preview)
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
  • 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6*
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7

* Please note that the Oct. 6 performances coincide with UC Homecoming, so please arrive early to secure your parking. Learn more about Homecoming 2012 by visiting

Patricia Corbett Theater, College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets to A Midsummer Night’s Dream are $30 for adults, $19 for non-UC students, $17 for UC students, $12 for UC students with rush tickets available for the Saturday matinee beginning at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6. Tickets for the Oct. 3 preview are $12. Subscription packages are also still available for CCM’s 2012-13 Mainstage Series.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for more information on parking rates.

For directions to CCM Village, visit

CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s


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