No matter how you feel about theater and drama, you probably think that Shakespeare is boring and outdated. Well, prepare to be proven wrong in the Academy of the Holy Cross Performing Arts Department production of Twelfth Night!Okay, allow me to rewind...
Ever since our year in China, my curiosity has been peeked in performing arts. Some of you might remember This is a Test, or my minor appearances in
A few months ago I auditioned for a role in the spring play at Holy Cross, Twelfth Night. Although I love acting, I was really worried about trying out for anything Shakespeare. As it turned out, so were a lot of my fellow LOTAs, so, instead of having a straight audition, the director chose to have a workshop/audition, which included improv as well as group and solo performances of short pieces from Twelfth Nigh, Hamlet, and Macbeth. The audition was a fantastic experience that made me really hopeful for a part in the actual show. However, it did not prepare me at all for the surprise I got when the cast list went up.
Now, let me clarify for those who are familiar with the play: Holy Cross is an all girls school and Twelfth Night has almost all male characters. What does that equal? A lot of confused teenage girls trying to discover their inner manliness.
So, on the morning that the cast list was supposed to go up, we all waited around the performing arts office until the technical director emerged with a pink piece of paper. We followed him down the hall to the theater where he dramatically taped the paper to the wall as we scrambled to see if we had made the list. All I remember from that moment was hearing my friend say, "Julie is the drunk guy...Julie!" Several times throughout the day I returned to see if my name was really on the list, and every time, I found my name next to a character named Sir Toby Belch with the following description:
Lady Olivia's uncle who lives with her and who is given to constant drinking bouts; he delights in playing tricks on others.
Several weeks later, after hours spent memorizing lines, reworking blocking, and developing characters, the cast of Twelfth Night is ready to show you that Shakespeare is sad, romantic, clever, exciting, and, most importantly, ridiculously funny.
PS: The performances are on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 pm and on Sunday, March 27 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10.
PPS: When I heard the news, I called Daddy immediately because he had played Simon Stimson, the drunk choir director in his high school performance of Our Town. Apparently being the local drunk runs in the Balla family!