Drama department opens season with Twelfth Night

(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.

Posted on November 6, 2013

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