Trumbull’s Eric Nyquist and Christopher McGoldrick enchant audiences in free performance

Eric Nyquist and Christopher McGoldrick  of Trumbull play key roles in CT Free Shakespeare’s 2013 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (AMND). Nyquist plays “Puck” and McGoldrick the Changeling Boy in the fairy kingdom world of the critically acclaimed production.  The play drew 4,600 people to the lawns of the famed American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford over a four-day period last week.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream moves to historic McLevy Green in downtown Bridgeport from August 7 through August 11.  Shows begin at 8 p.m. and are free.  Those attending should bring chairs or blankets for seating and arrive early to reserve seats.  It is traditional to picnic before the performances.

Nyquist is an Actors’ Equity actor and a theatre teacher at Hamden High School. Nine of the cast in director Ellen Lieberman’s current production have crafted their skills under his tutelage. A number of his former students have appeared on Broadway (Wicked, Urinetown) and in major roles in films.  Nyquist not only acts in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he also choreographed the dances and wrote the music.  He has been on several national tours and performed at The Moscow Art Theatre in Russia for six months.  He has had more than a dozen leading roles in Equity Shakespeare productions

At eight and a half years old, Christopher McGoldrick is an accomplished actor and Equity Membership Candidate.  This is his third performance with CT Free Shakespeare.  He debuted in the 2009 production of AMND, also as the Changeling Child and appeared in the 2012 production of Romeo and Juliet.  He has also performed with Hamden High School’s Mainstage Ensemble: in 2010 in their spring musical, Joseph! and also in the 2011 fall production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.  This spring, Christopher appeared in Disney’s promotional ad for their IMAX movie Oz the Great and Powerful.  Christopher attends Christian Heritage School and will be a third grader this fall.

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