of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
[Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, February 19]
This guide is designed:
enjoyment and appreciation of the Aquila Theatre’s
production of Twelfth Night.
to illustrate that the arts are a legacy reflecting the traditional values, customs,
beliefs, expressions, and reflections of a culture
The youthful, innovative Aquila Theatre Company breathes new life into
, one of William Shakespeare’s most elegantly complex and humorous plays. This
comic masterpiece has all the elements of romance: shipwreck, alienation, high-born
lovers, disguise, and mistaken identity.
Students will identify, commiserate, and laugh at
the lovers’ foolishness and also learn something about the nature of identity and
The Aquila Theatre Company’s
will increase your aesthetic awareness
of Shakespeare and the many ways that his plays can be interpreted and performed. You
will see how imagination and creative decision making transform a piece of literature into
a live theatrical event that incorporates language, movement, music, and song. Aquila is
celebrated for bringing to life Shakespeare’s great poetry and characters, and this
production will help you to appreciate and relate to his plays. You will have not only the
opportunity to learn about the cultural and historical context out of which Shakespeare’s
theater grew and but you will also learn something about the Aquila Theatre Company’s
efforts to make Shakespeare understandable to contemporary audiences.
THE PERFORMANCE/ PRODUCTION
The Aquila Theatre Company is committed to ensemble work. The creative shape
of a production is formed in the rehearsal room through a close collaboration between the
director, composer, production designers, and actors. The creative process is set up in
rehearsal, allowing actors to explore as they work. The tremendous collective energy of
the ensemble that forms in rehearsal is then transferred onto the stage. Twelfth Night has
been performed countless times all over the world but every production is made unique
by the production team and actors who bring the play to life.
Twelfth Night was first performed in 1600. During that year wigs and
extraordinarily elaborate clothes for men and women were the style. Few contemporary
productions are set in Elizabethan times or use Elizabethan costumes. Creators Peter
Meineck and Robert Richmond came to
rehearsals knowing that the
production would merge the Elizabethan and modern worlds
.. Meineck and Richmond
worked with the actors to explore ways to create this fused world through different styles
of speech and movement. At the same time, composer Anthony Cochrane created
compositions that reflect the contrasts inherent in the developing scenes.