Fans of the film She’s the Man, starring Amanda Bynes, will be familiar with the plot of disguise, deception and love that begins with a shipwreck and ends with a wedding.
One of Shakespeare’s more accessible plays for a modern audience, Twelfth Night, tells the story of Viola, who is left shipwrecked after a violent storm and must disguise herself as her brother, Cesario, who she believes is dead, in order to seek shelter from the Duke Orsino (whom she soon falls in love with). Orsino, meanwhile, is in love with Lady Olivia, who ends up falling in love with Viola disguised as Cesario. A comedy of love and mistaken identity with some pirates thrown in for good measure, this play is designed for audiences of all ages.
“There’s something about this play that’s fun for young people and teenagers and I love the fact that it explores interesting issues like identity and attraction,” says director Amanda Kellock.
In addition to the two-hour theatrical production, Repercussion Theatre will also be offering workshops for teens 13 to 17 at select parks before the show. “The idea is that teens can learn about performing Shakespeare in a really fun way,” Kellock says. The workshops cost $25. For more information and to register, visit repercussiontheatre.com/productions/events.
The Twelfth Night runs from July 2 to July 26 at different parks in and around the city. Entrance is free but donations are appreciated.
For more information, visit repercussiontheatre.com