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Shakespeare Comedy – Twelfth Night, or What You Will – MVLCT

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Twins separated at sea! Cross-dressing! Servants and fools in charge! No one knows how to stage an Upstairs, Downstairs kind of dramedy like William Shakespeare.

– MVLCT Facebook event page

 The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is pleased to announce performance dates for The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”.

The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be drowned.

Disguising herself as a young man and is called ‘Cesario’, as such she enters the service of Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino then uses ‘Cesario’ as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia.

Olivia, however, falls in love with ‘Cesario’, as she does not realize the Duke’s messenger is a woman in disguise. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with the Duke Orsino.

Meanwhile, Sebastian, who also survived the shipwreck, arrives on the scene, to add confusion and a bit of mayhem that must be seen and enjoyed in person.

A cast and crew of dedicated artists and actors from throughout the cultural corridor will perform at the Uptown Theatre on July 21-23 at 7:30 PM and on July 24 at 2 PM.

Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s summer production of Twelfth Night will be the first of Shakespeare’s plays staged by the local group. (Julius Caesar was produced by Open Arenas Theatre in Mt. Vernon in 2012.)

Tickets are $12 and may be reserved by calling 319-535-2030.


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