By Michael Foster-Sanders/campus editor
Shakespeare is receiving a rock-music revival in the NE theater program’s upcoming production.
Twelfth Night premieres Feb. 27 and will tell the tale of Sebastian and Viola who are twin brother and sister. After a shipwreck separates the two, Viola disguises herself as a man and takes on the persona of Cesario for protection while working for the duke named Orsino. Sebastian, who Viola thinks is dead, is rescued by someone who once fought against the duke. Love triangles, duels and laughter ensue in the comedic play.
Autumn Pope plays the dual roles of Viola and Cesario said she appreciates the ‘50s take on the Shakespearean play versus the Renaissance era. The music will be Jukebox-style in the vein of Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. Actors will also wear greaser-style clothing such as leather jackets and poodle skirts.
Pope said this is her first Shakespearean play, and she had to dedicate time and practice to make sure she does the character justice on stage.
“Going from regular plays where you can memorize your lines and talk normally to Shakespeare was crazy different,” she said. “I had to learn to speak in not only iambic pentameter, but in that rhythm that Shakespeare writes in.”
The uncle of the duke’s love interest Sir Toby Belch, is played by Nick Forrest. Forrest describes his character as a drunk, rich, partying prankster and schemer. His character tries to get his friend to fall for his niece Oliva because he’s rich but also to trick Oliva’s servant.
“I don’t like Oliva’s servant Malvolio at all,” he said. “I play a prank on him that he thinks my niece is in love with him, also to think he’s going crazy. And it kind of backfires.”
When performing a play, castmates can make or break a production, but the cast had nothing but high remarks for each other and the effort they’re making for the play to be a success.
The cast helped each other and have a type of synergy to make sure things are smooth, said Hunter Hoss, who plays Viola’s twin brother Sebastian.
“They’re all very nice and kind with open arms,” he said. “If you never acted in a Shakespearean play, they’re more than willing to help you.”
The cast hopes the audience has a great time with the updated production, but Jordi Salmeron, who plays Malvolio, hopes the audience leaves with an appreciation of Shakespeare.
“Definitely, since it’s a comedy, I want the audience to get the jokes and to laugh,” he said. “But ultimately, my goal is to make the Shakespeare language the most clear and understandable to the audience.”
Tickets for students, faculty or staff are free; $3 for non-TCC students or senior citizens; and $6 for general admission.
7:00 p.m. Feb. 27-March 2
2:00 p.m. March 2