Union Catholic Performing Arts Company Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

SCOTCH PLAINS—The Union Catholic Performing Arts Company will present its summer show, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” next weekend with shows at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4. Union Catholic High School junior Emily Dzioba of North Plainfield is directing the show, marking the first time a current student is taking the lead. Tickets can be purchased at the door or on www.showtix4u.com and are $5 for students/senior citizens and $10 for standard tickets.

Presented in a non-traditional setting of modern day New York City, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” tells the tale of three different groups of characters, all with interlocking stories. Demetrius and Lysander both want to marry Hermia, but she only has eyes for Lysander. Unfortunately, Hermia’s parents want Demetrius for a son-in-law. Helena, Hermia’s best friend, has fallen in love with Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius and a pleading Helena. In Central Park, unbeknownst to all of the mortals, Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the faeries, are having their own troubles. The plot thickens when Oberon’s head mischief-making fairy, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of actors preparing a play also tromping around the park, and the complications become fantastically funny.

The show’s cast includes 2012 graduates Danielle Gruskiewicz of Keasby and Meredith McAna of Edison; juniors Sidney Dick of Plainfield, Will Marsh of Rahway, Gabrielle Pais of Union, Cassie Weaver of Carteret; sophomore Kate Carolan of Linden and freshmen Maria Cohen of Elizabeth, Neill Lynskey of Cranford, Rebecca McQuade of Colonia, Kaitlin Waldron of Colonia, and Alexandra Williams of Gillette.

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