UNION – The Kean University Players on Tour will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from March 30 to April 3 at the University Center Little Theatre in Union. Following the on-campus run, the troupe will bring their production to schools in the region, including Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark.
Kean Players on Tour presentations are created in a semester long theatre department course that combines learning in both performance and production. Professor Gail Winar adapted Shakespeare’s comedy into a playful 70 minute version to engage young audiences.
“Kean students are involved in every facet of the production,” said Winar, who also directs the play (with student assistant Megan Bandelt) and teaches the course. “Everything from designing and distributing the promotional materials, to reaching out to school groups for bookings, to building the costumes and scenery, to developing a study guide for teachers and audiences. All this is in addition to their work in the spotlight and behind the scenes.”
The cast of Kean Players on Tour’s production includes: Jason Gillis (Westfield) as Puck, Anthony Crouchelli (New Milford) as Theseus, Robyn Lee (Plainfield) as Titania, Lucas Pinner (Glen Gardner) as Lysander, Ziara Albritton (East Orange) as Snug, Rebecca Bowe (Highland Park) as Hermia, Joseph Farella (Middletown) as Flute, Cara Ganski (Vineland) as Helena, Patrick Getty (Metuchen) as Snout, Samuel Spare (Howell) as Oberon, Victor Martinez (South Amboy) as Bottom, Raven Dunbar (South Brunswick) as Egeus, Brenna Singman (West Orange) as Hippolyta, Brandon Elia (Woodbridge) as Demetrius and Josh Schnetzer (Asbury) as Quince. The assistant director is Megan Bandelt (Bogota) and costumes designer is Dori Strober (Springfield).
The Little Theatre is located on Kean University’s main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the Kean University box office at 1-908-737-7469 or on-line by visiting www.keanstage.com.
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