Shakespeare, Jersey style

Adam Robison | Buy at Titania (Victoria Wise, left) must deal with Oberon's (Tyler Swinney) tantrums in "Midsummer/Jersey."

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Titania (Victoria Wise, left) must deal with Oberon’s (Tyler Swinney) tantrums in “Midsummer/Jersey.”

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Shakespeare’s works have been remixed and retold plenty of times, but this time it comes with sequins, leopard prints and Hawaiian shirts.

Tupelo High School Theatre Company is producing “Midsummer/Jersey,” a retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” set on the Jersey shore.

“It’s funny and hip,” said director Allana Austin, “or as we say in the play, it’s ‘juice.’”

There are chunks of the original dialogue mixed up with Jersey accents. The costumes aren’t historically accurate, but allow the characters to show off their style.

“I told them, we’re on the beach, but you’re a fairy. What would you do?” Austin said.

Tyler Swinney, a senior who’s playing Oberon, King of the Fairies, blends both Jersey and Shakespeare with his costume: long robes and a sunny Hawaiian shirt.

“I find it fun,” Swinney said. “It’s a different take, and a different plot line, in a way.”

Sophomore Marcie Koehn is having fun playing party girl Nikki.

“She’s very confident. She’s like, ‘You don’t like me? Everybody likes me,’” she said.

Audiences will find something to like in the comedy, she said.

“It’s hilarious and cute,” she said. “It’s not so stuffy, and it’ll make you happy.”

At the production, there will be a silent auction benefiting the Thespian Troupe 1949. Items up for grabs include gift cards from area businesses, a gift basket from Poe Poz Comics and a leather chair.



What: Tupelo High School Theater Company presents “Midsummer/Jersey”

When: 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday

Where: THS Fine Arts Auditorium

Cost: $6

Info: (662) 840-1841

Extra: There will be silent auctions at the productions to benefit Thespian Troupe 1949. Items to be auctioned off include a leather chair, a gift basket from Poe Poz Comics and gift certificates from area businesses.

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