PHS Drama Club performs “Midsummer Jersey”

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Billy Leys and Lindsey Medwin acting in the Fall Drama. Photos courtesy of Ann Berdetta

PARSIPPANY- The Parsippany High School Drama Club performed in Ken Ludwigs Shakespearean based play titled Midsummer Jersey last night in the Parsippany High School Auditorium. The play is directed by Ester Musilli and Technical Director Steve Gilgur. The shows continue Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Parsippany High School Auditorium. Admission is free for students with Parsippany district ID (must have ID), $5.00 for other students and $10.00 for adults.

Parsippany High School is located at 309 Baldwin Road, Parsippany.

Ken Ludwig describes Midsummer Jersey as the humorous retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream which is set on a New Jersey boardwalk modern day. The story begins by the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four high school crushes, an entertaining crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon. The night takes a magical, mayhem-filled turn when Oberon who is angered by his wife refuses to buy him an expensive car for his birthday and Puck arrives on the scene armed with a powerful love-potion-filled flower. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

The play was written for high schools and colleges and Midsummer Jersey received its world premiere in November 2011 at James Robinson High School in Fairfax, VA where it played to sold-out houses.

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Madison Carden and Brianna Cooper in the fall Drama
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Alivia Mercuro and Joshua Gonzalez acting in the Fall Drama.

Cast includes:

Principal Platt: Veronica Mendoza
Governer Chris Athens: Joshua Gonzalez
Hippolyta Ginsberg: Alivia Mercuro
Coweb: Stephen Giercyk
Justine DiCarlo: Shree Nallan
Rufus DiCarlo: Jahmil Roland
Mia “Cookie” DiCarlo: Lyla Evans
Lyle “Understatement” Fagioli: Brendan Laux
Denis: Billy Leys
Helene: Lindsey Medwin
Oberon: Shivan Patel
Titania: Carly Pasquale
Robin Goodfellow(Puck): Marcus Ng’Oche
Patti Quince: Brianna Cooper
Nikki Bottom: Madison Carden
Franci Flute: Daniella Farkas
Janet Snug: Kyila Sivers
Roberta Sudds: Malcolm Green
Terri Thumbs: Naomi Bagate
Peaseblossom: Tess Franchini
Moonbeam: Sarah Ferguson
Sunflower: Marta Markowski
Sunshine: Christina Shultz
Mustardseed: Divij Malkani
Turtle: Cameron Roberts
Mote: Nikita Rasheed
Phyllis: Marie Burder
Lili: Alexis Dressendorfen
Jack: Sean O’Donnell

The Parsippany High School Drama Club would also like to thank its sponsors McDonalds, James Evans Electrical LLC, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Dr. Randy A. Spector, Anthony and Sons, Sushi-Kuu,The Store Lake Hiawatha, Funny Books, The Spa Restaurant, Cottage Flowers, Lakeland Bank, F.A.C. Performing Arts Studio and Roberta Cooper for providing dinners and concessions.

So nothing to do this weekend? Then Director Musilli says to “sit back and put on your sunglasses while the Jersey crew brings you an adventure that’s “shore” to last!” tonight or tomorrow, or both nights if you enjoy it so much, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parsippany High School Auditorium.

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