Shakespeare Unrehearsed: Twelfth Night
directed by Harry Poster
January 3 & 4
The New England Youth Theatre Alumni Association presents its fifth annual Shakespearean fundraising production with the Bard's classic Twelfth Night; or, What You Will. Directed by alumnus Harry Poster, all proceeds from the show will go towards NEYT's "Angels In The Wings" scholarship fund. Twelfth Night focuses on the shipwrecked young Viola, who, finding herself in the foreign land of Illyria, dresses as a man to work as a page for the Count Orsino, a ruler lovestruck by the neighboring countess Olivia. Mistaken identity-based antics follow when Olivia falls for Viola in disguise, Viola begins to have feelings for Orsino, and Viola's long lost twin Sebastian suddenly finds himself at Olivia's door.
In their latest attempt to authentically emulate the Elizabethan-era process of theatrical production, NEYT’s alumni will be performing the show with no more than 10 hours of rehearsal. In Shakespeare’s day, rigorous performance schedules and reliance on sunlight allowed for precious little rehearsal time: actors would perform a different play each day, six days a week, for an entire month. Like the Lord Chamberlain’s Men before them, the young actors from throughout NEYT’s history will find themselves thrust headfirst into the world of Shakespeare’s rich wordplay, imagery, and wit.
Shows will be at 7PM on January 3rd and 2PM on January 4th.
Tickets are only available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 - payment by cash or check only.