“Midsummer in Newtown”

April 19, 2016 § Leave a comment


No words can ever describe the tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012, however, filmmaker, Lloyd Kramer, took Shakespeare’s words and used them to aide the grieving town.  By performing in a musical version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the local students, aged 5 to 20, found a voice, expressed their feelings, and put their energy into something creative, confident building, and fun.  The film follows the students, their families, and the collaborators behind the scenes, as they prepare for the auditions, all the way up to the successful opening night. “Midsummer in Newtown” demonstrates how artistic expression can transform lives and be used as a positive outlet to combat negative emotions.  As you watch the students open up about their experiences, you observe the healing process take place.  Not only do the students heal, but the parents as well.  One of the parents, who lost his daughter, found solace by playing his saxophone, while his wife went to Washington, D.C. to discuss gun violence.

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