Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” presented May 3-11
Parkside Theatre and the Arts Alive! cultural series invite you to enjoy William Shakespeare's delightful romantic comedy "Twelfth Night." Presented for seven performances on the Main Stage Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, this whimsical tale of mistaken identities unfolds May 3-11. The campus is located at 900 Wood Rd. in Kenosha.
In mystical Illyria, Duke Orsino pines for the love of Lady Olivia who refuses all suitors due to her brother's death. Nearby, a shipwreck deposits the lovely Viola on shore. Disguising herself as a boy named "Cesario," Viola finds work in the Duke's house becoming a favorite of Orsino with whom she falls madly in love. Orsino sends "Cesario" to deliver the Duke's love messages to Olivia who becomes smitten with "Cesario." From there, matters get more complicated and more fun.
Following Shakespeare's practice of setting plays in long-ago times and places, director Jamie Cheatham takes his audience to the mystical land of Tinseltown.
"Our Illyria is the far-away time and place of Hollywood during the 'Golden Age of Cinema.' Back then, movies helped an economically struggling America escape to a place of laughter and music," Cheatham said. "This play has a lot of clowns and a lot of song. It was a pleasure and a challenge to write jazz-age music to The Bard's lyrics."
Cheatham's cast includes Ethan Hall as the handsome Orsino, Brenna Kempf as Viola/Cesario, Rachel Sandlin as the much-pursued Olivia, Alex Metalsky as the sly fool Feste, Michael Zimmermann as Olivia's dour steward Malvolio, Kenjamin Lafayette as the rowdy Sir Toby, Michael Dalberg as Olivia's hapless suitor Sir Andrew, Michael Pfeiffer as Viola's brother Sebastian, and Hayley Cotton as Sebastian's companion Antonia. The stage is also graced by Ben Carlstein, Kevin Duffy, Olivia Kraus, Joe Romanak, Robin Feltman, and Bethanne Duffy.
Original music for these performances was composed by Cheatham with lyrics by Shakespeare. The music is arranged and performed by UW-Parkside student Josh Robinson.
The first "Twelfth Night" performance Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. is presented by Arts Alive! Tickets for this performance can be ordered online at www.uwp.edu keyword tickets or by calling 262-595-2307.
Tickets for performances May 4, 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m., May 5 at 2 p.m., and May 10 at 10 a.m. can be ordered online by visiting www.uwparksidetickets.com or at 262-595-2564. All tickets are $17 for adults, $13 for seniors and UW-Parkside faculty and staff, and $8 for students.In the photo, disguised as "Cesario," Viola, left, played by Brenna Kempf, is surprised by the leggy advances of Lady Olivia (Rachel Sandlin) in Parkside Theatre's production of "Twelfth Night."