This ‘Twelfth Night’ is geared for families
The Nevada County Performing Arts Guild (PAG) and Forest Charter School will present a shortened family version of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for two weekends at The Center For The Arts, 314 West Main St. in Grass Valley.
Mila Johansen has adapted this version especially for family audiences. It has been cut short, a few antiquated words changed and all the old English profanity removed. Mila hopes to expose audiences of all ages to the eloquence of Shakespeare by making it accessible through a more manageable length and fast paced, nonstop, humorous action, including lots of clowns.
“Twelfth Night” is one of Shakespeare’s most beautiful and delightful comedies. It is full of true love, slapstick antics, mistaken identities, wrongful arrests and a multitude of entertaining characters. When Viola, a young woman of nobility is shipwrecked, she disguises herself as a man to protect herself in a foreign land. She believes that her twin brother, whom she loves more than anyone in the world, was lost at sea so she enlists in the service of the local ruler, Duke Orsino. Meanwhile, her brother, Sebastain, who was not lost at sea but believes that he has lost his sister, Viola, wanders the same city streets of Illyria. Viola is taken for her brother and challenged to a sword fight. She, being a lady of nobility, has never lifted a sword in her life and is terrified. They are mistaken for one another until everything is sorted out and both of them find the loves of their lives.
The production is beautifully costumed by Sherie Willer. It is performed by talented young actors from the Advanced Drama Workshop, most of whom are PAG veterans. Running time is about one hour and 20 minutes. All seats are $5. Tickets are on sale at the door. Call 274-8384.
Know and Go
WHAT: “Twelfth Night”
WHEN: Thursdays, Jan. 13 and 20 at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees, Jan. 15, 16, 22, 23 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: At the Center For the Arts, 314 West Main Street in Grass Valley, 274-8384. Also contact Mila Johansen at 432-4344.
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