Preview: Cal U Theatre & Dance presents “Midsummer/Jersey”

Saleem Carpenter (Media, Pa.) and Markea Petty (Clairton, Pa.) in Midsummer/Jersey

Saleem Carpenter (Media, Pa.) and Markea Petty (Clairton, Pa.) in Midsummer/Jersey

The second fall-semester presentation by the Department of Theatre and Dance showcases the talents of Cal U’s newest crop of aspiring actors and technicians.

First-year students will appear onstage and work behind the scenes to present Midsummer/Jersey, a high-octane retelling of the familiar Shakespearean tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set on the Jersey shore.

Suitable for the whole family, the comedy follows four young lovers, a vivacious crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon as they play in the sand, sea and, of course, the boardwalk.

Dr. Michael Slavin, professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, directs the play. Cal U undergraduate students Sara Martik and Claire Prenderghast are the assistant director and stage manager, respectively. Classmates Michael Zandhuis is the sound designer, and Joshua Kovel is the assistant lighting designer.

Brenden Lesinski (Waynesburg), David Miller (Bethel Park), Sidney Popielarcheck (Washington, Pa.) Kayla Grimm (Masontown) in Midsummer/Jersey

Brenden Lesinski (Waynesburg), David Miller (Bethel Park), Sidney Popielarcheck (Washington, Pa.) Kayla Grimm (Masontown) in Midsummer/Jersey

Curtain time is 8 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, with shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 1. All performances are in the Gerald and Carolyn Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall.

Cost is $12 for adults, seniors and children. Cal U students with valid CalCards pay 50 cents, plus a $5 deposit that is refunded at the show.

For ticket information, or to charge tickets by phone, call the Steele Box Office at 724-938-5943.

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