The Strollers community theater will close out its 86th season with a presentation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Bard’s classic comedy will be performed for three weekends in May at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts in Maplewood, NJ. 

One of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage—and arguably his best-known comedy—A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be described as the story of love and the madcap consequences that ensue when it’s injected with a bit of magic. Over the course of the play, the audience is treated to a joyous wedding festival; the whims of young lovers whose minds change depending what spell has been cast; the antics of a merry band of fairies—including the spirited young Puck—and the laughter/groan-inducing stylings of a band of theatrical craftsmen.  

According to director Fran Shultz, the Bard’s timeless words and plot twists are only one reason audiences will leave the theater smiling. “The wonderful part about directing this play is that it has brought together a very talented cast from our community ranging in age from senior citizens to elementary school kids,” Shultz noted. “The result of this process will be a lively and fun production, accessible for all audiences.”

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream features a cast that includes Scott Avery, Susan Holtz, Alan Foster, and Edward Ash-Milby as the Athenians; Arly Rose Rubens, Will Horner, Alyssa O’Brien, and Greville Jacques as the Lovers; Justin Milan, Jennifer Padley, William Davenport, Sarah Cornelia Ryan, Barbie Barone, Olivia Bongiorno, Dylan Graham, Molly Graham, Jack Gonyea, Eleanor Gold, Sylvia Holtz, Violet Holtz, and Neve Mahoney as the Fairies; and Mathew Schwartz, John Mendlovitz, Peter Barnett, Dena Daniel, Robert Podolak, Carol Cornicelli, and Luke Petricha as the Mechanicals. The production is directed by Fran Shultz and produced by Molly Holzbauer. Laurellie Jacobs Martinez and Dena Daniel are co-stage managers.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be presented for three weekends at the Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts in Maplewood: Friday, May 4, 11, and 18 and Saturday, May 5, 12, and 19 at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 6 and 13 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and senior citizens. Visit www.thestrollers.org for information and to purchase tickets, or call 973-761-8453 to reserve tickets.