Cranbury Native Allison Spann is set to star as "Puck" on Princeton Summer Theater's Hamilton Murray stage for the second weekend of performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Maeli Goren. In addition to performing onstage, Spann, a Music major at Princeton University, also composed original music for the production.
Most recently seen onstage in the Princeton Festival's production of She Loves Me, Spann returns to Princeton Summer Theater for her second season. She has previously appeared in productions of Tick, Tick. . .Boom!, Uncommon Women and Others, and The Children's Hour with the company.
During the academic year, Spann sings with the Princeton University Glee Club as well as a number of other jazz and choral ensembles. She premiered her first musical, Masquerade, last spring as the 2019 Richardson Auditorium Artist-in-Residence.
A Midsummer Night's Dream was the perfect venue to combine her many talents. As the mischievous sprite Puck, Spann uses her dance training to imbue the role with a unique physicality while underscoring the production using over a half-dozen instruments hidden onstage. To accompany several of the musical pieces she wrote for the production, Spann taught herself how to play accordion during the play's fast-paced three-week rehearsal process.
Only one weekend remains to see A Midsummer Night's Dream, which also features early-career performers Regan McCall, Justin Ramos, Dylan Blau Edelstein, Ross Baron, Chamari White-Mink, Michael Rosas, and Maeve Brady.
A Midsummer Night's Dream at Princeton Summer Theater. The Hamilton Murray Theater. Performances on July 31, August 1, 2, and 3 at 8 pm, August 3 and 4 at 2 pm. For tickets and more information, call (732) 997-0205 or visit princetonsummertheater.org.