Dalton State’s ‘Twelfth Night’ Features Students, Staff, Faculty
April 8, 2013
William Shakespeare’s comical farce Twelfth Night comes to life at Dalton State College in a production featuring students, faculty, and staff that Director Jackie Daniels calls “every bit as relevant and funny today as it was when first presented in Elizabethan England.”
The play opens Thursday, April 18, and runs through Sunday, April 21, in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
The fun begins when themes of unrequited love, mistaken identity, familial irritabilities, confusion, and chaos all converge on the idyllic island of Illyria. “The pacing is fast, the situation is outrageous, the obstacles seemingly insurmountable, and the comedy non-stop,” Daniels says. “I predict laughter, loud and contagious laughter.”
The story begins when the hapless Viola washes ashore in Illyria following a shipwreck which she believes claimed the life of her twin brother. Finding herself a stranger in a strange land, Viola disguises herself as a man, Cesario, and goes to work in service to Orsino, the Duke and ruler of Illyria. Poor Orsino carries a torch for the Countess Olivia who won’t give him the time of day. He sends his faithful servant Cesario (Viola) with a message for his beloved Olivia who in turn falls in love with the messenger, Cesario, while Viola falls for Orsino.
Add to the mix Viola’s long-lost and presumed drowned twin brother along with a rowdy, drunken uncle, a foolish knight, a pompous servant, a witty fool, and a scheming servant woman and insanity ensues.
For the first time, Director Daniels opened auditions to the entire Dalton State community, casting students, faculty, and staff among the players. The cast includes Dalton State students Alyssa Stromley as Viola/Cesario, Philip Sudbury as Orsino, Katherine Fromm as Olivia, Sean Self as Sebastian, Gabriel Alvarado as Malvolio, Scott Reese as Feste the Fool, Josh Beard as Sir Toby Belch, Josh Boling as Antonio, and Ashley Yother as Valentine. Faculty and staff members of the cast include Dr. Clint Kinkead as Sir Andrew, Dr. Nancy Mason as Fabian, Assistant Professor Jerry Drye as the Captain and the Priest, and Laurie Raper as Maria.
Director Daniels is assisted by Ashley Yother, Assistant Director and Amanda Voyles, Costumer. Design and construction crew members include Clay Pettigrew, Valerie Childers, Edith Sanchez, Robert Curtin, Haley Fenley, Raven Hix, and Jessica Binkerd.
Admission to the play is free for anyone with a Dalton State ID; $5 for everyone else. It begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 18-20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Seating is first come, first served. Those with questions are invited to call 706-272-2985.