Summary

Summary

A love-sick count.
A cross-dressing twin.
A grieving woman stuck in her shell.
As the situation in Ilyria spirals into chaos, identities are confused, and jealousy and passion rage. Will anyone win the one they love, or the life they seek?

One of Shakespeare’s earliest and most riotous comedies, Twelfth Night reveals the lengths we will go (yellow tights, anyone?) and the risks we are willing to take for a new lease on life.

Cast & Staff

Cast & Staff

The Cast

(in order of their appearance)

Livery Man Vicky Kanaga
Orsino, Duke of Illyria Luke Norman
Curio, attendant to the Duke Jeremy Haig
Valentine, attendant to the Duke Heather Catlin
Viola, sister to Sebastian Rachel McKendree
Sea Captain, friend to Viola Br. Stephen Velie
Sir Toby Belch, Uncle to Olivia Brad Lussier
Maria, Olivia’s gentlewoman Kate Shannon
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, a visiting gentleman Kyle Norman
Feste, a clown Chris Kanaga
Olivia, a rich countess Ellen Ortolani
Malvolio, steward to Olivia Sr. Danielle Dwyer
Maids at Olivia’s house Lindsey Kanaga, Sarah Hale
Antonio, a sea captain, friend to Sebastian Br. Stephen Velie
Sebastian, brother to Viola Peter Haig
Fabian, servant to Olivia Sr. Phoenix Catlin
Officer 1 Sarah Hale
Officer 2 Heather Catlin
Priest Vicky Kanaga

THE STAFF

Director
Sr. Danielle Dwyer

Technical Director
Chris Kanaga

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News & Reviews

News & Reviews

Elements Theatre shines in ‘Twelfth Night’

By Cindy Nickerson, Cape Cod Times

Illyria rhymes with “deliria.” Was Shakespeare possibly thinking just that when he set his early comedy “Twelfth Night” (usually dated from 1601 or 1602) in this quasi mythical Mediterranean land? According to Webster’s, the word “delirium” has been around since 1590-1600, when it meant “out of one’s mind.”

Delusions of love and grandeur fuel this perennial favorite, which – under the direction of Danielle Dwyer – careens along merrily in a production by Elements Theatre Company.

Duke Orsino (Luke Norman) sets off a spinning circle of love as he obsessively pines away for the beautiful Countess Olivia (Ellen Ortolani).

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Elegant Twelfth Night washes ashore at Rock Harbor

Written by John Watters, Barnstable Patriot

Mirthful mischief is fine entertainment

Some people are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them, Shakespeare’s Malvolio reads in a letter written to him (he thinks) by Olivia, the object of his affections.

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From the Director

From the Director

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Illyria; a place of magic, mystery and mayhem.
In the midst of the mayhem is a story Shakespeare is valiantly trying to tell us, a story that he brings to life through a unique blend of characters. Each has his agenda in which he or she may win or lose something of great value. Not all of the characters are forthcoming about their agendas—even to themselves, a fact which adds to the delight of the story.

Literary critic, Joseph Summers says of Twelfth Night,
Every character has his mask, for the assumption of the play is that no one is without a mask in the serio-comic business of the pursuit of happiness. As a general rule, we laugh with the characters who know the role they are playing and we laugh at those who do not; we can crudely divide the cast of Twelfth Night into those two categories.

The characters in both of these categories are working out in their lives the things most important to them, while at the same time facing the challenge to change some of the choices they have made and embrace life in a new way. For example, Olivia says, Me thinks tis time to smile again. In smiling she makes the choice to shake off the grief which has shrouded and protected her and risk the thrill of something new—a freedom that allows her to choose life again. She is not alone in choosing something new nor in the subsequent surprising possibilities—though for some, smiling comes with a different expectation and leads to a different end!

Shakespeare knows the humanity of his characters, and because he knows them so well, he allows the craziness of their choices to lead them into explosions of life. Ours is the joy of joining in their experience!
Have a great evening!

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