SUSSEX, N.J. -- North Star Theater Company, Sussex County’s dynamic new acting troupe, is staging its inaugural production -- "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" -- at the Cornerstone Playhouse in Sussex borough this month.
 
Performances of William Shakespeare’s enchanting romantic comedy are scheduled for Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.
 
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“We got extraordinarily lucky with the cast members we found. Many have experience doing Shakespeare and all are filled with talent and humor,” said the production’s director Vicky Minardi of Franklin.

 
“I love stories about magic with mystical elements,” she added. “I’m a big fan of the fantasy genre and this play has a lot of flexibility. You could really have fun with it, which I know I have.”
 

Phil Cocilovo of Montague serves as assistant director of the play about humans targeted for fairy mischief when they enter a forest. Bill Fell of Sparta is technical director; Chrissy Fulmer of Pompton Lakes is stage manager; and Jim Berkheiser of Vernon is producer.
The play’s ensemble includes: 
  • Melissa Fitch (Hyppolyta/Titania) - Vernon
  • Jim Berkheiser (Theseus/Oberon) -  Vernon
  • Megan Hertien (Hermia) - Vernon
  • Damian Vince (Lysander) - Vernon
  • Chris Motto (Demetrius) - Sparta/Andover
  • Alex Bisanzio (Helena) - Vernon
  • Debbie Campanali (Puck) - Washington
  • Louanne Bright (Patty Quince) - Montague
  • Kelly Dacus-Smith (Bottom) - Sparta
  • Michael Foster (Flute) - Hardyston
  • Shea Harrison (Snout) - Sparta
  • Billy Horwitz (Snug) - Sparta
  • Christine Mentone (Starveling/Head Fairy) - Vernon
  • John Klumpp (Egeus) - Sparta
 
The theater is located at 74 Main Street in Sussex, N.J. Tickets may be purchased at 

North Star Theater Company

North Star Theater Company is in residence at Cornerstone Playhouse, in Sussex, N.J. North Star Theater Company provides an inclusive environment and a high-quality theatrical experience to Northwest New Jersey and the surrounding communities through the production of various dramas, comedies and musicals, while training and fostering the talents of all participants at any age and level of experience. North Star Theater Company provides a respectful and professional atmosphere for its audience and all participants.

Cornerstone Playhouse

Cornerstone Playhouse is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to presenting the Arts in the Greater Sussex County Area. Funding has been made available in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Grant Program, as administered through the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.