Shelburne Players to Present Contemporary ‘Twelfth Night’

March 31, 2014  
Filed under Arts & Entertainment

Reviewers have characterized “Twelfth Night” as “the most nearly perfect happy comedy ever written,” and “one of Shakespeare’s finest and most inventive works, filled with music, mistakes, love, disguises and practical jokes throughout.”

The Shelburne Player’s version of “Twelfth Night” will be presented in a contemporary setting, April 4-12 on the Shelburne Town Center stage at 5420 Shelburne Road in Shelburne.

Actors from Shelburne and surrounding communities comprise the fifteen member cast that began rehearsing in January for the spring show under the direction of Donald Rowe. Colleen Alexander of Hinesburg will be stage managing the production.

“Twelfth Night” is the intricate Shakespearian tale of a young woman named Viola, who, having survived a shipwreck at sea, disguises herself as a young man under the name “Cesario” to get work as a page in the service of Orsino. Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with his neighbor Olivia, whose father and brother have recently died, and so refuses to see any suitor until seven years have passed, Orsino included. Orsino then uses “Cesario” as an intermediary to profess his love for Olivia, who falls in love with “Cesario”, not realizing “he” is Viola in disguise. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with Orsino.

Tickets are available for purchase at Shelburne Supermarket and online. For more information, visit


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