Hopewell Valley Central High School is presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Nov. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the high school’s Performing Arts Center.
One of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, the play combines magic and whimsy, with hilarious results. This version, set during the summer of love, 1969, features music of the late 1960’s along with the original text of the play.
The cast includes Caleb Bagley, Caroline Herbert, Alex Lehman-Borer, Genevieve Shaftel, Camille Ladendorf, Elliot Block, Owen Harrison, Madeline Carleton, Fibi DeLeon Gonzalez, Jimmy Waltman, Kolter Erickson, Sam Hastings, David LaRaus, Olivia Gross, Maeve Merzena, Olivia Levin, Ben Piccarillo, Morgan Schragger, Emily Griffen, Gretchen Cyriacus, Emmie Hatke, Molly Higgins, Shayla Herman, Chloe Lamond and Finn Murray-Campbell.
Led by HVCHS’s director of theater, Katie Rochon, Hopewell Valley thespians have received numerous awards in the last several years. Last January, a selection from the school’s 2017 fall performance of Picnic received the top award for “Best Chapter Select Presentation” at the New Jersey Thespian Festival. Picnic was nominated for six NJ Foxy Awards, which are presented by Montclair State University. CHS won the 2018 Foxy Award for “Best Dramatic Ensemble,” and current senior Madeline Carleton received the award for best supporting actress.
In addition, current senior Caroline Herbert received a Rising Star Award for outstanding actress in a supporting role from the Paper Mill Playhouse for her performance in HVCHS’ winter 2018 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. The school also won the 2017 Foxy Award for Best Comedy Ensemble for its fall 2016 production of Noises Off.
All performances will be at the Performing Arts Center at Hopewell Valley Central High School 259 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and can be purchased at the show or ahead of time by visiting showtix4u.com and searching the title of the show, or at the door on the night of each performance.