By Paula Echeverria
Energetic, fresh, and crammed with sidesplitting one-liners, Nutley High School’s Performing Arts production of Midsummer Jersey is a definite must-see. A spin off of the well-known Shakespearean play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Midsummer Jersey is set in a Wildwood town in modern-day New Jersey. The play displays a highly impressive level of acting and audience engagement from every actor, setting it apart from past productions. Midsummer Jersey is bursting with snarky, cultural jokes and a clear poetic relation to Shakespeare’s many monologues with a highly amusing, stereotypical Jersey twist. Each actor brings a fresh addition, whether in demeanor or dialect, to their role, adding life and charisma to each character and their relationships with one another. Sophomore Frank Cordero and senior Courtney Joaquin both bring outstanding expression and belief to their lines, as they portray high school crushes Mia Dicarlo and Lyle Fagioli. Junior Erica Dinardo’s sassy character is vibrant and full of life as she embodies the belief of Shakespeare’s character Helene in each riveting scene. Directed by senior Anthony Caruso, the stage and atmosphere prior to the dress rehearsal was certainly chaotic with a lot of hustle and bustle and last minute adjustments. Caruso certainly knows how to work with young actors, getting the energy needed for a believable story.
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