West Essex Masquers to Perform Fall Play "Midsummer/Jersey" Oct. 24-26

From left to right, Stephen Schmidt, a senior from Roseland as Oberon, Anderson Wang, a senior from Roseland as Puck, and Alexa DeVito, a freshman from Essex Fells, as Titania. Credits: Allison Freeman
Left to right, Katie Aussenheimer, a sophomore from North Caldwell as Mia “Cookie” DiCarlo, Greg Contaldi, a senior from Fairfield as Lyle “The Understatement” Fagioli, Cameron Perez, a senior from North Caldwell, as “Dennis,” and Christina Wan, a junior from Fairfield, as Helene. Credits: Allison Freeman
Lucas Brendel, a sophomore from North Caldwell, is Governor Chris Athens and Victoria Jenison, a junior from Roseland, as Hippolyta, the Governor's wife, in "Midsummer/Jersey." Credits: Allison Freeman
Katie Aussenheimer, a sophomore from North Caldwell as Mia, Natalie LaSpisa, a senior from Fairfield as Justine DiCarlo, and Matt DeFazio. a sophomore from Fairfield, as Rufus DiCarlo in the West Essex Masquers' production of "Midsummer/Jersey.": Credits: Allison Freeman

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The Masquers of West Essex will perform "Midsummer/Jersey" Oct. 24-26 at 7 p.m. on the stage of the West Essex High School Auditorium.

The family-friendly show combines William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”  Midsummer/Jersey is the hilarious high-octane re-telling of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey. The story revolves around the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patti Quince and Stylist Nikki Bottom.)The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making. 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.

Performances will be Thursday, October 24, Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m.  at the West Essex High School Auditorium. Three performances have been scheduled this year (in hopes to make up for being washed out and rescheduled last year due to Hurricane Sandy.) Tickets are $8; $5 students and seniors. For tickets, please visit

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