North Star Theater Co. staging inaugural production

Sussex Borough. New company to perform 'A Mid-Summer Night's Dream' at Cornerstone Playhouse in late October.

10 Oct 2019 | 01:53

North Star Theater Company, Sussex County’s dynamic new acting troupe, is staging its inaugural production - "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" - at the Cornerstone Playhouse in Sussex Borough this month.

Performances of William Shakespeare’s enchanting romantic comedy are scheduled for Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Show times are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

“We got extraordinarily lucky with the cast members we found. Many have experience doing Shakespeare and all are filled with talent and humor,” said the production’s director Vicky Minardi of Franklin.

“I also love stories about magic with mystical elements,” she said. “I’m a big fan of the fantasy genre and this play has a lot of flexibility. You could really have fun with it, which I know I have.”

Phil Cocilovo of Montague serves as assistant director of the play about humans targeted for fairy mischief when they enter a forest. Bill Fell of Sparta is technical director; Chrissy Fulmer of Pompton Lakes is stage manager; and Jim Berkheiser of Vernon is producer.

The play’s ensemble includes:
Melissa Fitch (Hyppolyta/Titania) - Vernon
Jim Berkheiser (Theseus/Oberon) - Vernon
Megan Hertien (Hermia) - Vernon
Damian Vince (Lysander) - Vernon
Chris Motto (Demetrius) - line of Sparta/Andover
Alex Bisanzio (Helena) - Vernon
Debbie Campanali (Puck) - Washington
Louanne Bright (Patty Quince) - Montague
Kelly Dacus-Smith (Bottom) - Sparta
Michael Foster (Flute) - Hardyston
Shea Harrison (Snout) - Sparta
Billy Horwitz (Snug) - Sparta
Christine Mentone (Starveling/Head Fairy) - Vernon
John Klumpp (Egeus) - Sparta
“We got extraordinarily lucky with the cast members we found. Many have experience doing Shakespeare and all are filled with talent and humor."
Vicky Minardi
Director