Twelfth Night production brings modern audience timeless classic

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

Some may recognize this quote from the Amanda Bynes movie She’s the Man, but it’s originally a quote from the letter read by Malvolio in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

The Queens drama department is putting on a four-night production of Shakespeare’s comedy, and the cast and crew have been hard at work with many late night rehearsals.

Kaylan Gerdes ’18 and Ava Marvin ’17 can attest to that, as they are two of the lead actors for this over 400-year-old play.  They and the rest of the cast have been able to come together and create a play that they say connects the characters of the play to the modern day audience.

Since Stage Manager Connor Gagnon ‘18 first began doing stage work six years ago, he’s never seen a cast so diverse.  He said the cast and crew included anything from a theater major to a student athlete, and everything in between.  It creates a diverse group, but he said it sometimes comes with a bit of trouble.

With such a diverse group, he said it’s hard for him to create a rehearsal schedule that fits everyone’s personal schedule and, as a result, rehearsals go late into the night.  Even though many aren’t theater majors, they are a committed cast willing to do whatever it takes to put on the best show possible.

Anthony Rizzo ’18, an athlete on the track and field team, is a prime example of just that.  He took a liking to acting after taking a drama class with Director Kara Wooten, who saw potential in him and encouraged him to try out for her next play.

One thing the entire cast could agree on was, even though many audience members may be intimidated by a Shakespearean play, the director has been able to connect to them to the main points of the production so they would be able to fully understand the story that includes a love triangle, a girl pretending to be a boy to get closer to the boy she loves and typical Shakespearean humor.

Twelfth Night premieres Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. in the Hadley Theater (located in the back wing of Myers Park Traditional School) and is followed by performances on Friday and Saturday, both at 8 p.m. before a 2 p.m. Sunday matinée.  Student admission costs $5, while general admission for non-students is $11.

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