Twelve reasons to take in Aurora University’s “Twelfth Night”
Posted by Jeremy Pittenger on November 3, 2017
Love is in the air at Perry Theatre. “Twelfth Night,” a wise, wacky and romantic play, will be presented on the Aurora University campus November 10–11 and 15–18, at 7:30 p.m. The play is considered by many to be one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. AU’s production is set in a contemporary world inspired by hipsters, music festivals and celebrity culture. Why attend the AU production of “Twelfth Night”? Here are 12 reasons:
- The Theatre Department stages a Shakespeare play every four years to ensure each undergraduate student has an opportunity to see a Shakespeare play performed live. This is that year!
- Director Stacy Parker Joyce, associate professor of theatre, says the play will provide audience members with some food for thought regarding love and identity. “The poetry is simply gorgeous,” she adds. “But at the end of the day, we hope the AU community will enjoy two hours of joyful distraction. We hope that those who think Shakespeare doesn’t relate to them or is boring, might have some different feelings after seeing our production.”
- The play includes music, providing special opportunities for theatre and musical theatre majors. Students even wrote music for part of the play.
- It’s a major production! There are 17 student cast members, eight student crew members, a stage construction crew of 18 and one student designer.
- Students are also working with three faculty and staff members and three guest artist designers.
- Large parts of the play were created using theatrical composition techniques, meaning the actors helped figure out themes and stage the show as part of a collaborative creative process in the rehearsal room.
- “Twelfth Night” is funny, yet hauntingly beautiful.
- The cast, crew and production team will participate in a post-show discussion on November 11 and 18.
- There is a karaoke pre-show and at intermission.
- “Twelfth Night” rehearsals began with a workshop by a Society of American Fight Directors-certified instructor, who taught the cast about physical comedy and stage combat.
- It’s free! And, there are six opportunities to see it: November 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Perry Theatre.
- Making a reservation is easy. To register, visit auartsandideas.com.