Howell HS presenting “Twelfth Night”

Olivia (Lindsay Schnute), Sebastian (Ian Mills), Viola/Cesario (Alicia Ward) and Duke Orsino (Ben Dean) | Photo by Richard Lim
Viola/Cesario (Alicia Ward) and Olivia (Lindsay Schnute) | Photo by Richard Lim

The Howell High School’s Performing Arts Department will present William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, as well as at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Howell High School Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Grand River Ave., Howell.

Advanced sale tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. They can be purchased in the Howell High School main office and at Schafer’s House of Music. The ticket cost will increase by $1 at the door.

“We are so excited to bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to the stage of the Rod Bushey Performing Arts Center. This classic Shakespearean comedy will surely delight the audience,” said Amanda Malo, Howell High School drama teacher, and the play’s director. “To prepare for this performance, a member of the Stratford Festival attended one of our rehearsals and held a workshop for the cast. We also took a field trip to Stratford, Ont., Canada, to attend a performance by the Stratford Festival.”

In “Twelfth Night,” twins Viola (Alicia Ward) and Sebastian (Ian Mills) are separated following a shipwreck. Viola, who believes her brother has died, finds herself in the odd world of Illyria. Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario and enters the service of Duke Orsino (Ben Dean), who sends Cesario to court Lady Olivia (Lindsay Schnute) on his behalf. However, Lady Olivia quickly falls for Cesario. However, Viola is in love with Malvolio (Timothy Atkins). Meanwhile, Sebastian and the sea captain Antonio (Nick Broadbent) arrive in Illyria where Antonio is an outlaw. With both twins now on Illyria, confusion ensues leading to a surprise wedding.

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