From March 22 through April 1, Niagara University Theatre will present the delightful Shakespearean classic, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," directed by Doug Zschiegner, associate professor/associate director of NU Theatre. Young lovers, powerful spirits and a troupe of thespians all collide in a forest in this contemporary production of the most magical romantic comedy in the history of the English language.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on March 22 and 29, and at 7:30 p.m. on March 23, 24, 30 and 31. In addition, 2 p.m. matinees will be presented on March 24, 25 (with post-show discussion) and 31, as well as April 1.
Cast members who portray the royals and the fairies include the following Niagara University theater studies performance majors: Kelsey Anderson (Cobweb, Courtier) and Kyle Baran (Theseus, Oberon), both of Buffalo; Megan Kemple (Hippolyta, Titania) of Fort Drum; Brianna Lanoye (Peaseblossom, Courtier) of Getzville; Lauren Parrow (Moth, Courtier) of Fairport; and Dan Urtz (Philostrate, Puck) of Verona. Also, NU student Megan Kelley (Mustardseed, Courtier) of Elmira is in the cast.
Cast members who portray the lovers in the production include the following NU theater performance majors: Meghan Deanna Smith (Helena) of Wheatfield; Patrick J. Tighe (Lysander) of Hamburg; Grace Turner (Hermia) of Buffalo; and Mike Van Dyke (Demetrius) of Jacksonville, Fla. Additionally, cast members who play the mechanicals in this Shakespearean comedy include the following NU theater performance majors: Sean Craig (Snug, Oberon Elf) and Alan Trinca (Nick Bottom), both of Buffalo; Fabio H. Del Carlo (Tom Snout, Egeus) of Harrison, N.J.; Billy Leonard (Frances Flute, Oberon Elf) of Ransomville; Eric Madia (Robin Starveling, Oberon Elf) of Grand Island; and Dino Petrera (Peter Quince, Oberon Elf) of Syracuse.
Theater design/technology major Brittany Metz of Albion is the costume designer, and theater studies performance major Annise N. Celano of Amherst is providing additional dramaturgy for the production. Stage manager is theater studies performance major Jamie Lynn Nablo of Cheektowaga. Assistant stage managers include theater performance majors Nathanial W. C. Higgins of Springville, and Kendyl Litwiller of Naples.