Glitz, glamour, and style are three words that epitomized Marriotts Ridge’s version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Fabulously set in Hollywood, the characters became the rich and famous of today.
Twelfth Night begins as twin brother and sister Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked and separated from one another. Viola washes up in Illyria and decides to disguise herself as a man and calls herself Cesario. She goes to work for Duke Orsenio, whom she falls in love with. However, Orsenio is heartbroken over another woman, Olivia, who he sends Cesario to woo for him. Unfortunately, Olivia falls in love with Cesario. Confusion and hilarity ensues as in most Shakespearian comedies.
The cast did an awesome job with Twelfth Night. They embodied the modern setting of Hollywood magnificently, and there was never a dull moment on stage. The costumes absolutely anchored the show. They added dimension to every single character including the ensemble and fit perfectly with the theme. Twelfth Night was also very well acted. All the performers understood what the language meant and got their point across expertly. This was tremendous for high school students performing Shakespeare as it can be challenging to convey a story with archaic language.
The leading actors were impressive in their roles. Viola, played by Hayley Fremuth, did an especially fabulous job as her role was complex and she had to be very versatile. Duke Orsenio and Olivia, played by Reed Delisle and Caitlin Ratzlaff respectively, did a wonderful job as love-struck Hollywood royalty. Mavolio, played by Drew Belsinger, Feste played by Brian Gilbert, Sir Toby played by John Mynaugh, and Sir Andrew, played by Alex Woodhead, all kept the audience laughing the entire night. Whether it was Mavolio riding around on his scooter or Feste playing “Party in the USA,” on his ukulele, the comedic actors were absolutely the high point of the show. All of their physical comedy was spot on and so were their hilarious dance moves.
The supporting characters were a great addition to the story and added different dimensions to every scene they were part of. The castle girls were all super sassy and the man cave men were ever ready to serve Duke Orsenio valiantly.
The sets and soundtrack were instrumental in portraying the modern setting of the play. Before the show five panels were on the stage that spelled out 90210. Throughout the show these panels were turned around to reveal different scenes. As the lights went dark and the show started “If I Were a Boy,” by Beyonce was blasted through the auditorium. During every set change there was popular music playing which helped further the plot and was a very ingenious touch. The creative set design and pertinent music made Twelfth Night quite unique.
Marriotts Ridge did a phenomenal job with this production. It was colorful, exuberant and fueled by an energetic cast. Their surprise Hollywood meets Bollywood ending made the audience want to get up and dance and be part of their magical Twelfth Night too.