BCHS Theatre Without a Net presents: Twelfth Night
Performances run Dec. 7 through 16 in BCHS Auditorium
An annual Bethlehem tradition is in the final stages of preparation as the high school’s Shakespearean company prepares to stage this year’s production from Dec. 7 – 9 and Dec. 14 – 16.
“The students chose Twelfth Night this summer,” said James C. Yeara, drama and English teacher at Bethlehem Central High School, and director of the play “It’s a roaring, rollicking, romantic comedy, one that the community can embrace and enjoy, as they have the previous three times (1992, 2000, 2006) Twelfth Night was performed here” Yeara said. “I think everyone will be blown away by the energy and the passion that the students bring to the performance. Twelfth Night is not to be missed. It’ll be a great night out for everyone.”
“This is my fourth year with Theatre Without a Net. I have been behind the stage in makeup, on the stage as Juliet’s Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, now it is a thrill to work with Mr. Yeara in front of the stage.” said Jordan Gross, the student director of this year’s show. “It is great to see how theatre works as a whole. I hope to apply these experiences as I pursue a degree in Musical Theater in college in the near future.”
Forty students make up this year’s cast and tech crew. Casting took place in September, and rehearsals began shortly thereafter. Led by Connor Armbruster (who wrote an original score for Shakespeeare’s “O’ Mistress Mine”) a 12 member student band adds live music to the creative costuming, set with multi-media projections, and light design also featured in Twelfth Night.
Filled with poetry and song, Twelfth Night refers to the twelve days after Christmas when merriment reigned supreme. Shipwrecked and separated from her twin brother, a young woman named Viola must disguise herself as a man to survive in the unfamiliar country of Illyria. Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, she falls for her new boss, Duke Orsino. Impossibly lovesick, the Duke sends Viola (disguised as Cesario) to woo the regal and wealthy Olivia who has sworn off men since the deaths of her brother and father. Naturally, Olivia falls in love with Cesario! This lovers’ knot gets more tangled when Viola’s twin brother Sebastian arrives in Illyria and is mistaken for “Cesario.”
Meanwhile, the locals in Illyria are caught up in the high spirits of the Twelfth Night Festival. Olivia’s hard drinking Uncle, Sir Toby Belch, carouses with Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Maria, the Clown Feste and Fabian, much to the chagrin of Olivia’s uptight steward, Malvolio. Spurned suitors, servants with delusions of grandeur, and cross-dressed confusion...it’s a hot mess that’s likely to put anyone in the madhouse.
Tickets can be purchased at the door before performances or reserved online at http://theatrewithoutanet.org/ . Tickets are $6 for students, seniors and military personnel; $10 for all others.
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