So, what happens when you cross the glitz and glamor of the “Gatsby” roaring ’20’s with the rhyme and poetry of “the Bard”? You get the best fall play that Johnson High School Theatre Department has ever produced and performed! On October 6-9, 2016, Johnson Theatre Department presents “Twelfth Night,” the romantic and adventure-filled comedy by William Shakespeare.
In “Twelfth Night” a beautiful young woman, Viola, is shipwrecked on the island kingdom of Illyria. After believing her twin brother, Sebastian, to be lost at sea, she decides to disguise herself as a young man and enters the service of Duke Orsino. While trying to broker a relationship between Orsino and the lovely Countess Olivia, Viola finds that pretending to be a man may have some unintended consequences. When the Countess turns her affections to the “young man” representing him instead of the Duke himself, Viola has to start getting creative. Meanwhile, suitors abound for Olivia as Sir Andrew Aguecheek is convinced by her over-ambitious uncle that he can be Olivia’s future husband. Viola’s brother, Sebastian, is rescued by a sea captain, Antonio, who is risking his own safety being in his enemy, Duke Orsino’s kingdom.
This production is sure to be full of the classic fun of Shakespearean comedy with mistaken identities, star-crossed lovers, and finally, happy endings for the heroes and heroines. When Johnson Theatre puts on a production, it is guaranteed to be a twist on a classic story. Come out and experience the dancing, the music, and the romance in over-the-top 1920s, flapper fashion as Viola fends off an over-affectionate countess, tries to win over the powerful duke, and overcomes would-be adversaries. Productions will be held at 7:00 pm on October 6th, 7th, and 8th in the Johnson High School Auditorium. A matinee will also be presented on Sunday, October 9th at 2:30 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for reserved seats and $8 for general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Johnson Theatre website www.johnsontheatre.com. And as you watch the twists and turns, consider, “Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools, let them use their talents.”