Shakespearean comedy to be presented by Bergen County Players

January 21, 2014 by  

The Bergen County Players will be performing a different take on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell, just outside Hohokus, this weekend. Most likely, the theatre group is turning to a variety of printing services to announce this unique performance to the community.

The comedy is set in modern times and combines the witty dialogue of Shakespeare with contemporary dance and music in a 90-minute production, making for a very lively affair. It is directed by Ellyn Essig of Riverdale, who is a long-time member of the Bergen County Players and trained as an actor in Clifton, New Jersey at the Action Theatre Conservatory, as well as in Hollywood, California at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She has appeared in theaters in New Jersey, New York, and California

According to Essig, this is not a typical Shakespearean production. The heart of the play is magic, fun, and joy, and adding modern dance and music gives it a distinctively contemporary spin. There are 21 cast members ranging in age from the very young to the more experienced.

Others involved in the production are the producer, Rhea Smith; the stage manager, Leslie Cohn; Michael Smith doing set construction; Gerard Bourcier controling lighting design and Marisa Dolkart and Pat Bain creating costumes. Nick Pascarella from Hohokus will be playing the part of Francis Flute.

Shows are on Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 pm and Sunday, January 26 at 7:00 pm.