William Shakespeare's: Twelfth Night
Shakespeare meets Dixieland in Cape Cod Community College’s Rollicking Twelfth Night!
Cape Cod Community College Performing Arts program 2016-17 season opens with William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, opening on November 3rd and continuing on November 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12, at 7pm, with matinees on November 5, 6 and 13 at 2pm, in the Studio Theatre in the Tilden Art Center.
Director Ed O’Toole, who joins the Performing Arts program after a successful career with the Barnstable High School English Literature and Drama programs, calls Twelfth Night “the perfect tonic to relieve our electoral angst.” The setting, evoking New Orleans and Mardi Gras, is perfect for its festive, uproarious atmosphere, which relies largely on the roguish Sir Toby Belch, whose mission in life is instigating disorder.
The production, while rooted in O’Toole’s Rehearsal and Performance class at the college, also includes CCCC students from across the campus, as well as program alumni and veterans of several community theatres. Of note is that CCCC Tilden Arts Center Coordinator Vana Trudeau and O’Toole go back a few years. “Nearly 30 years ago, Ed was MY Shakespeare instructor at BHS,” Trudeau notes. “He was a prominent figure in shaping my love for literature in general, and Shakespeare in particular. I can’t think of a better person to lead this adventure!”
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