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Two members of the Minnesota Ballet rehearse a scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” recently. The Ballet will perform the play at Symphony Hall Friday and Saturday. Steve Kuchera /

It’s been a season of Shakespeare in these parts. While the local classical theater company went to the darkest corners of the Bard’s imagination with “Hamlet,” the Minnesota Ballet presents some lighter fare with its production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

This show, with choreography by Robert Gardner and music by Felix Mendelssohn, premiered in 2011 and a News Tribune reviewer called it a “luscious and utterly charming production.” Act I includes all the chaos and misunderstandings and Act II is a wedding celebration that leans toward more classical ballet.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” weaves together love stories featuring mortals and fairies and magical juice and a random donkey head.

GO SEE IT What: Minnesota Ballet’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Symphony Hall, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Tickets: Start at $17; Available at Ticketmaster outlets including and the DECC box office

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