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Drama department opens season with Twelfth Night

Posted by tmayer on Nov 6th, 2013 and filed under Briefs. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

(From left): Sean Rintoul, Chris Chapman, Bri Lidstone perform in the Department of Dramatic Arts production of Twelfth Night, which opens Nov. 7 at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre.

(From left): Sean Rintoul, Chris Chapman and Bri Lidstone perform in the Department of Dramatic Arts production of Twelfth Night, which opens Nov. 7 at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre.

Imagine Shakespeare traded in his British accent for a twang.

In the Department of Dramatic Arts’ latest production of the Bard’s work, it takes Twelfth Night from Elizabethan times to the 1950s and an era of soul-searching country blues, with the fool Feste heading up a country band to put a southern spin on the more than 400-year-old play.

“We are performing Twelfth Night using music rooted in contemporary culture,” said co-director Gyllian Raby. “So although this production is not a musical, music is threaded throughout the play.”

Raby shares directing duties with Danielle Wilson and is assisted by Keavy Leach. Twelfth Night is the first main-stage production of the Department of Dramatic Arts’ 2013-14 season and it showcases the talents of students in the undergraduate program.

The play runs Nov. 7-9, nightly at 7:30, in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre. A matinee performance will happen Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students; $12 for groups; and $5 for the eyeGo high school ticket program. Available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905.688.5550 x3257.

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