Shakespeare, 'Jersey Shore' parody mash-up opens

"Midsummer/Jersey," a mash-up spoof of Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" and MTV reality series "Jersey Shore," opens this weekend at the Gateway Center for the Arts.

Ken Ludwig created the work for a Virginia high school in 2010. The story is Shakespeare's — only Ludwig sets it in 21st-century New Jersey.

Set on the boardwalk of a seaside town, the story concerns the impending marriage of the governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high-school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon who have dreams of stardom.

The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief-making. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

Jenny Sejansky is directing.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, May 31-June 9.

Tickets: $18 at the door, $15 advance, $12 members, $10 students. For more information, call 386-668-5553 or go to http://www.gatewaycenterforthearts.org

The Gateway Center for the Arts is at 880 N. U.S. 17-92 DeBary.

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