I was reminded initially that A Midsummer Night's Dream is the most frequently produced of all of Shakespeare's plays. Then a quick look at a Monmouth production list determined that the college has produced it at least five times over the years. This, I believe, makes it the single most produced play in MC history as well.
I cannot vouch for the total accuracy of the list I have consulted, but it shows that A Midsummer Night's Dream was first produced by the college in June of 1906 at the Pattee Opera house in downtown Monmouth. It was directed by Gertrude Henderson and was listed as in honor of a
"Semi-Centennial" celebration. The aforementioned Ms. Henderson was definitely a Shakespeare buff because she also directed a production of As You Like It as the Senior Class Play in 1905.
It took until June, 1932 for the second "Midsummer" production to appear. It was directed by Professor Ruth Williams, the founder of Crimson Masque and the person who secured the "old gym" for use as a theatre after the Waid Gym was constructed. The show was listed as the senior class play and was performed outdoors in "Valley Beautiful." This bucolic spot down the hill from Wallace Hall has long since been filled the student center, and parking lots.
Time does fly when you are having fun so we have to jump another thirty years before MC audiences could see another production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was May, 1966 and Dr. Jim De Young directed that production in the so called Red Barn or Little Theatre. It was given a generally classical interpretation as you can see from the picture below..
I end with a final quirky observation. Monmouth College has produced A Midsummer Night's Dream five times since 1906 and each time it was done in a different venue--The Pattee Opera House, Outdoors in Valley Beautiful, The Little Theatre, The Wells Theatre, and finally the Fusion Theatre. This show gets around--even in Monmouth.