Twelfth Night On Stage at Fresno Pacific

Nov 14, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Education, Lorie Lewis Ham, Theatre

by Lorie Lewis Ham

Twelfth Night is one of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare. It is a comedy that is believed to have been written around 1601-02 as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. So it seems appropriate that it be the fall play presented by Fresno Pacific Theater.

The play centers around twins Viola (Allison Calhoun) and Sebastian (Parker Lewis) who are separated in a shipwreck and Viola believes her brother to be dead. She disguises herself as a young man named Cesario and goes to work for Duke Orsino (Robbie Hill), whom she falls in love with. However, Orsino is in love with the Countess Olivia (Carlie Dickens) and sends Cesario to her with his pledge of love. Olivia however falls in love with Cesario. Music, pranks, and silliness are provided by Olivia’s uncle Sir Toby (Trevor Thomas), his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Jesse Daniel), and her jester Feste (Annelise Escobedo). Olivia’s steward Malvolio (Jörg Letkemann) is the brunt of their cruelest prank.

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Viola/Cesario (Allison Calhoun) & Orsino (Robbie Hill)

This is a fun show filled with mistaken identities, music, silliness, and love. The entire cast did a wonderful job! My personal favorites though are always the twins, Viola and Sebastian, and Allison and Parker did a wonderful job in those roles! I also enjoyed Annelise as the court jester Feste who was perfectly snarky and mischievous, and Jörg was very entertaining as the too serious Malvolio-wait until you see his yellow stockings!

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Left to right-Sir Toby (Trevor Thomas), Feste (Annelise Escobedo) & Sir Andrew (Jesse Daniel)

Twelfth Night continues through November 18 at the North Hall 123 (Seminary Chapel) at Fresno Pacific University. Tickets can be purchased at the door and online. Even if you don’t consider yourself a Shakespeare fan, I believe this show will turn you in to one, it is just so much fun! And if you are a Shakespeare fan like myself, you will enjoy it even more!

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Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

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