SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ  – This November, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is proud to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and beloved comedies. Performances are on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Auditorium: 667 Westfield Road, Scotch Plains.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is filled with love, laughter and enchantment. SPFHS is putting a psychedelic, 1960’s spin on this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where a world of tie-dye, hippies, rock, and counterculture meets the world of Shakespeare!

Athens is celebrating! Theseus, Duke of Athens, is soon to be wed to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. However, there is discord among the local youth. Hermia and Lysander are in love, but her father intends Demetrius to be her husband. Demetrius used to love Hermia’s best friend Helena, but now pursues Hermia. Helena still loves Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander, fearing the law, flee into the enchanted woods to get married. Demetrius pursues Hermia, and Helena pursues Demetrius. What could go wrong?

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In the forest, the magical world is in disarray. Oberon, King of the Fairies, is quarreling with his queen, Titania. Seeking revenge, Oberon instructs the mischievous Puck to bring him the love drops of a magical flower. Oberon intends to smear Titania's eyes with the magic juice as she sleeps. Upon waking, Titania will fall in love with the first creature she sees. Oberon comes upon the young Athenians in the wood, and takes pity on Helena. Oberon instructs Puck to use the magic flower to unite Helena and Demetrius. However, Puck is notoriously poor at following directions.

All the while, a group of working class Athenians -- the “Mechanicals” -- meet to rehearse their very own production of Pyramus and Thisbe. Led by Peter Quince and Nick Bottom, they intend to perform it for the Duke himself… although the quality of their play is questionable at best. The pompous Nick Bottom is noticed by the playful Puck, who decides to mess with the misfit Mechanicals...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perhaps William Shakespeare’s most popular and well-loved comedy. The play’s enduring popularity is a testament to its humor and accessibility. For 425 years, audiences of all ages have been delighted by the magic and poetry of this towering theatrical classic.

This production involves over 50 students, including the production crew. The cast is under the direction and creative supervision of Morgan Knight (Director), Jan Allen (Producer), Gary Moore (Set Design and Crew Supervisor), Joanne Sprague (Costume Designer) and Tom Rowe (Lighting Designer). 

This fun and accessible take on an enduring classic will make A Midsummer Night’s Dream enjoyable for young and old, Bard-lovers and Shakespeare-skeptics alike! Join a cast of incredible student performers for an evening of poetry, magic, and music!

Tickets are available at spfhsmidsummer.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. Tickets are $13 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults.  For handicapped seating and senior citizen Gold Card ticket orders, please contact Victoria Fortna at vfortna@gmail.com.