Shakespeare in the Park returns with Bard’s classic romantic comedy
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BRATTLEBORO- The Vermont Theatre Company will present the 24th annual Shakespeare-in-the-Park production June 27 through June 30 on the Rotary stage in Brattleboro’s Living Memorial Park. This year, director Robert Kramsky presents the classic romantic comedy of mistaken identities “Twelfth Night,” critically acclaimed as one of Shakespeare’s most complex and intriguing plays and one of his funniest comedies.

Disguise, confusion, and mistaken identity follow when twins Sebastian (Kaelan Selbach) and Viola (Grace Bricker) are shipwrecked and separated off the coast of Illyria, each believing the other is dead. Viola disguises herself as a boy, becomes a page of Duke Orsino (Tony Grobe), and falls in love with him. The Duke is hopelessly in love with Olivia (Cristen Rosinski), but she is in the process of mourning her brother’s death and becomes infatuated with Viola as she/he delivers messages for the Duke. Sir Toby Belch (Brandon Batham), Olivia’s drunken uncle, is found carousing with his bumbling friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Sam Murphy), who has come to Illyria as a potential suitor vying for the heart of Olivia.

Late one evening, Olivia’s steward Malvolio (Arthur Pettee), scolds Maria (Michelle Page), Olivia’s waiting gentlewoman, Sir Andrew, and Sir Toby, for making too much noise. To teach Malvolio a lesson, Maria, Toby, and Andrew plot to trick him. Forging Olivia’s handwriting, Maria creates a letter for Malvolio to find that suggests Olivia is in love with him. When he tries to flirt with her, she assumes he is mad and has him locked up. When Sebastian shows up with Antonio (Mike Jerald), the man who saved him from drowning, Olivia marries the astonished young man thinking he is the Duke’s page, Cesario. All is cleared up eventually when Viola and Sebastian meet and recognize each other. Orsino is delighted to abandon his feelings for Olivia and offers to marry Viola. The humiliated Malvolio vows revenge as the lovers promise to make amends and celebrate their marriages and good fortune.

Others in the cast include Julia Waldron (Feste), John Ogorzalek (Curio), Tyler Latulippe-Haselton (Valentine), Ian Hefele (Fabian), Sean Whelan (the priest), and Craig Vinton (the officer). The production is stage managed by Brenda Seitz.

Corporate sponsors for this production include C&S Wholesale Grocers, G.S. Precision, and the Vermont Country Deli.

Performances are at 6 pm on June 27, 28, 29, and 30. Tickets are $5 and no reservations are required. Children 5 and under are free. Audiences are encouraged to come early and picnic on the lawn before the show.
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