Today’s date: July 16th 2018

Show Title: Twelfth Night

Director: Emily Heugatter

Assistant Directors: Alexandra Stroud and Riley Turner

Production Intern: Georgia Fowler

Rehearsal Room: The Cutaia Lounge

What we did: Emily began rehearsal with introductions of the artistic team. She then explained rehearsal and schedule expectations to the campers and introduced the concept for our production. Then, the cast did a read-through of the play.

Quick and Quotable: 

  • From the play: “I thank thee, lead me on.”
  • From the director: “Terrific first rehearsal for Twelfth Night! My team and I are so thrilled with the talent, preparation, and enthusiasm of each camper. I’m excited to begin blocking tomorrow!”
  • From the cast: “Twelfth Night is a beautiful play that I am incredibly excited to explore.”

Production insights: As a history major and general history nerd, I am very excited about our concept for this production and based on the gasps of enthusiasm from the campers, I think they are too. We are placing our production in the spring of 1919, about six months after the end of World War I. Our play takes place in Scarborough in North Yorkshire, England, where, in 1914 a German attack devastated the region. I find this intriguing for a few reasons. One, it works perfectly with the play as we will all come to see over the next three weeks. Two, being set in the aftermath of the appropriately titled “Great War” brings a melancholy feeling and depth that I feel this play deserves. Thirdly and lastly, the role of women in post-World War I Britain was nuanced in the main-stream in a way it hadn’t been before, with suffragettes and women in the workplace. Similarly, the role of women in Twelfth Night is unusual because of both the cross-dressing and the strength exhibited by all three female characters.

On another note, I cannot express how excited I am to be working with this cast. We have 12 incredible actors who are going to bring my favorite Shakespeare play two life in a matter of three short weeks. I’m really looking forward to watching them learn and grow, and as corny as this sounds, I’m really looking forward to them teaching me and helping me grow.

 

Cast List:

Eve Begelman: Viola

Austin Bryant: Orsino

Sebastian Curtright: Sebastian

Leah Eichorn: Sir Toby Belch

Hillel Finder: Andrew Aguecheek

Nora Flynn-McIver: Antonio/Captain

Eliza Gothreaux: Olivia

Rein Martin-Baker: Valentine/Officer

Benjamine Moskalski: Malvolio/Priest

Mariana Parilli: Maria

Mimi Salgado: Fabian

Darrow Sherman: Feste

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