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January 19, 2013

DHS to present updated comedy ‘Midsummer Jersey’

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DANVILLE —

The director is DHS drama teacher Lisa Richter. Elizabeth Dampf is the assistant director and Jeff Kuras is technical director.

Richter said, “I’ve always loved Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ and this play is the same story, but set in modern times. My students asked for a comedy; this one is based on a good story, but is still extremely funny. My students are having a great time with it, and they’re learning about a beautiful story without getting bogged down in the Shakespearean language.”

Richter said there is a nice mixture of both veteran actors and students who will appear on stage for the first time in the production.

“In some ways a comedy can be more difficult to present than a drama,” Richter said. “The actors have to have good timing and natural wit to pull it off. A lot of the kids are a lot funnier than I am, and they’ve come up with some great comic bits for this play. They’ve really taken a lot of ownership in it.”

Richter said that most of the scenery for this play is simple, and because the actors wear updated costumes, they can borrow each other’s wardrobe items to fit their various roles.

DHS senior Demi Richter plays Mia DiCarlo — a major role in the show — and she has been on stage since childhood.

“For anyone who enjoys both Shakespeare and comedy, this is a show you will want to see,” Demi said. “Since it’s an updated version of the original play, it’s a lot easier for everyone to relate to the characters. We’re definitely having a lot of fun with it.”

If you go

“Midsummer Jersey” will be presented by the Danville High School Players at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at DHS. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for students.

 

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