The Strollers’ production of
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare
WHERE: The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ
WHEN: Sun. Feb. 25th,6:00 – 9:00 pm; Wed. Feb. 28th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm; Sun. March 4th, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Performance Dates: Fri & Sat, May 4 & 5 at 8:00 pm and Sun, May 6 at 2:00 pm; Fri & Sat, May 11 & 12 at 8:00 pm and Sun, May 13 at 2:00 pm; Fri & Sat, May 18 & 19 at 8:00 pm
Rehearsals will be 2 – 3 evenings a week, at 7:00 pm in March and April, with an occasional weekend day (subject to change). Rehearsals every evening during Tech Week, April 29 – May 3.
Non-traditional casting will be used. Actors of all ages are needed, including children and young people to play the fairies. Experience in performing Shakespeare is desirable, but not required.
Children and Teens:
- Hermia: Young woman (late teens – 20s)
- Lysander: Young man (late teens – 20s)
- Helena: Young woman (late teens – 20s)
- Demetrius: Young man (late teens – 20s)
- Titania’s Fairies: Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed:
Girls and Boys (6 – Teens)
- Changeling Boy: (6 – 10)
- Robin Goodfellow (Puck): (Any age) Spry, energetic, impish, mischievous
- Lords and Attendants on Theseus and Hippolyta:
(All Ages) Possibly understudy some primary roles
- Theseus, Duke of Athens: (30s – 50s)
- Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons: (20s – 40s)
- Egeus: Father of Hermia (40s – 60s)
- Philostrate: (20s – 60s) Master of the revels to Theseus
- Nick Bottom, the weaver: (30s – 60s) Pompous, but loveable
- Peter Quince, carpenter: (30s – 60s) Bookish
- Francis Flute, bellows-mender: (20s – 40s)
- Tom Snout, tinker: (30s – 60s)
- Snug, the joiner: (20s – 60s)
- Robin Starveling, tailor: (20s – 60s)
- Oberon, King of the Fairies: (30s – 50s) Jealous, volatile
- Titania, Queen of the Fairies: (20s – 50s) Sensuous
Synopsis: In Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the residents of Athens prepare for the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Bottom the weaver and fellow townspeople rehearse a play in the woods that they hope will be selected for the wedding celebrations.
Meanwhile, four young Athenians lovers are caught in a romantic tangle. Lysander and Demetrius both love Hermia; Hermia loves Lysander and her friend Helena loves Demetrius. All four young lovers spend a dreamlike night in the woods where they are bewitched by the mischievous Puck. Meanwhile, Oberon, King of the Fairies and his Fairy Queen, Titania, are quarreling over their jealousies and the ownership of a magical Changeling Boy. Their quarrel spills over into the lives of the mortals as they carry out their magical schemes.