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Twelfth Night

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by William Shakespeare

COMPANY : North Fulton Drama Club [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Barrington Hall [WEBSITE]
ID# 4718

SHOWING : May 01, 2015 - May 16, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, full of disguises, mistaken identities, and drunken revelries, set in a made-up world inspired by the art and cultures of Southeast Asia!

NFDC is proud to announce our final ever production: William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night."


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Alyssa Jackson
Maria Emily Arvidson
Feste the Clown Rebecca Danis
Olivia Sarah Frey
Sea Captain/Priest Ian Gibson
Curio/Second Officer Sara Hanus
Sebastian Jonathan Harrell
Antonio Trey Harrison
Fabian Anna Helene Johnson
Viola Jessie Kuipers
Valentine/First Officer Erin McCulley
Sir Toby Belch Snapper Morgan
Malvolio Joel Rose
Sir Andrew Ague-cheek Taylor Sorrel
Duke Orsino Calvin Wickham
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Going Out With a Colorful Bang
by playgoer
Monday, May 11, 2015
4.0
North Fulton Drama Club’s final production, "Twelfth Night," is an Indian-tinged production that emphasizes comedy and costumes (designed by Nikki Thomas & Courtney Zimmerman; procured and/or constructed by them and several others). It’s sparked by a number of better-than-average performances and blessed with effective lighting and sound design by Jim Poteete. NFDC is going out at the peak of their game.

Set design by Matthew & Rebecca Pino is fairly simple, consisting primarily of three revolving panels, but they’re nicely painted and appropriately evocative for the various locales in the script. Director Alyssa Jackson has blocked the show to reinforce these locale distinctions. The show moves swiftly from scene to scene.

Since this is an outdoor production, the projection of actors is of supreme importance. Jessie Kuipers leads the way, making each word clarion clear in a delightful performance that merges Viola’s delicate femininity with mock male bravado. Sarah Frey Humphrey also has excellent diction and projection as Olivia (not to mention stunning good looks), along with terrific comic reactions in a role that isn’t usually one of the comic highlights in "Twelfth Night." The more stereotypically comic roles are also filled with good actors, with Taylor Sorrel (Andrew Ague-cheek) and Rebecca Danis (Feste) showing abundant natural comedic gifts. Jonathan Harrell is also quite good in the smaller, more serious role of Sebastian.

The production doesn’t always complement the script. The costumes worn by Viola and Sebastian aren’t similar enough to make confusion of the two seem remotely possible, and Viola’s pants are of a color (yellow) that admirer Olivia supposedly abhors. The costume and hairstyle of the talented and well-spoken Anna Helene Johnson, as Fabian, make her look like she stepped right out of the sitcom "Rhoda." But these are minor quibbles, and any modification of setting from Shakespeare’s original is bound to add resonances and subtract believability at different points.

North Fulton Drama Club will be missed as it becomes yet another community theatre group closing down in Roswell. Everyone involved in this production can be proud of the work they put into creating such a visually appealing and enjoyable comedy.
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